Parliament & Parliament House Tours

Business of Parliament

A full list of sitting dates is available on this calendar.

Queensland Parliament is also broadcast live online during each sitting week.  To view live Parliamentary Chamber broadcasts, or search archived broadcasts on the Queensland Parliament website.


You can find a list of all Chris’ speeches to Parliament in the ‘Speeches’ section of his Parliamentary Biography.

You can read his Maiden Speech here.

Committee Business

Parliamentary Committees perform a vital role in assessing and consulting on legislation before the House. There are currently 10 committees, made up of MPs from both major parties and the cross-bench.
You can find a list of the current Parliamentary Committee here. Chris is currently the Chair of the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee.

Parliament House Tours

Queensland Parliament is a beautiful heritage building and there are free daily, Monday – Friday (excepting public holidays) tours offered of Queensland Parliament, by expert guides. You can find out more information on these tours here. Bookings not required.

On days when the Parliament is not sitting, tours commence at the following times:

  • 1 pm
  • 2 pm
  • 3 pm
  • 4 pm

On days that the Parliament is sitting, one tour is available which commences at 2pm. Visit the Sitting Calendar to see what Parliament is sitting.

Please Note: All visitors to Parliament House require government issued photo identification.

Group Tours of Parliament

School and community groups are also able to visit and tour Queensland Parliament. Bookings are required for these tours. Please contact Chris’ office and we can assist you with the arrangements.

Chris will often join groups on their tours of Parliament House if he is available.

Please Note: All visitors to Parliament House require government issued photo identification.

About Parliament House

Queensland Parliament met for the first time on 22 May 1860 at the old convict barracks on Queen Street, opposite where the Myer Centre is now. The first priority of the small colony was to build a building to house the Governor, Old Government House now part of QUT Gardens Point campus was completed in 1862 at a cost of £12,000. It was Queensland’s first public building, and it served as the Governor’s house until 1910 when Parliament decided to use it for the state’s first university.

The site for the new Parliament House was chosen in November 1863, and following a design competition the foundation stone was laid as construction commenced in July 1865.

Completed in 1889 Queensland Parliament House is one of Brisbane’s best known landmarks, and an important part of Queensland’s heritage.

The Queensland Parliament website has more information on the history of Parliament House.


Hansard is the record of all proceedings in the Legislative Assembly. You can view, and find out more information about Hansard on the Queensland Parliament website.

Queensland Parliament House at Christmas.