Parliament 2009 Sitting Calendar

The recommended House sitting programme for 2009 has been out for a while. So how does it look:

  1. Two weeks from 10 February
    One week recess
  2. Two weeks from 3 March
    One week recess
  3. Three weeks from 24 March
    Two weeks recess
  4. Three weeks from 28 April
    One week recess
  5. Two weeks from 26 May
    One week recess
  6. Three weeks from 16 June
    Two weeks recess
  7. Three weeks from 21 July
    One week recess
  8. Two weeks from 18 August
    One week recess
  9. Three weeks from 8 September
    Two weeks recess
  10. Three weeks from 13 October
    Two weeks recess
  11. Two weeks from 17 November
    One week recess
  12. Three weeks from 8 December
    Rise around 22 December

A total of 31 weeks spread over 12 sessions. This seems about normal off memory.

Contrary to what some may think, it is not holiday time for MPs in recess weeks. You still have constituency work, some select committees, caucus committees, policy development, stakeholder meetings, party activities, correspondence etc – plus of course Ministers are still governing.

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