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House of Representatives of the United Cygnian States
58th Congress of the Union
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Seal of the House of Representatives
Type
Type Lower house of the Cygnian Congress
Leadership
Speaker Anna Burke, Labour
since 3 January 2017
Leader of the House Tony Burke, Labour
since 3 January 2017
Manager of Opposition Business Christopher Pyne, National
since 3 January 2017
Government Whip Chris Hayes, Labour
since 3 January 2017
Opposition Whip Nola Marino, National
since 3 January 2017
History
Established 12 September 1783
Structure
Members 300
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Political groups HIM Government (154)
  Labour (154)

HIM Most Loyal Opposition (141)
  Nationals (141)

Crossbenchers (5)
  Greens (1)
  Centre (1)
  Katter's (1)
  Independent (2)
Election
Voting system Instant-runoff voting
Last election 3 December 2016
Next election 5 December 2020
Meeting place
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House of Representatives chamber
Federation Hall
Northam, TS, Cygnia
Website
www.house.gov

The Cygnian House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Cygnian Congress which, along with the Senate, composes the legislature of Cygnia.

The composition and powers of the House are established by Article One of the Constitution. The House is composed of representatives who sit in electoral districts which are allocated to each of the 23 states and territories on a basis of population as measured by the Cygnian Census, with each district entitled one representative. Since the adoption of the Imperial Constitution in 1793, all representatives are elected popularly — a practice which has continued even after the adoption of the current Constitution.

The House is charged with the introduction and passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which, after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the Sovereign for consideration. In addition to this basic power, the House has certain exclusive powers of which include the power to initiate all bills related to revenue, and the impeachment of federal officers, who are sent to trial in the Senate.

The presiding officer is the Speaker of the House, who is elected by the members thereof and is therefore traditionally a member of the ruling party. The House meets in the east wing of Federation Hall.

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