the facing benches of the house of commons of the united kingdom
are said to contribute to an adversarial style of debate.
, the parliament of israel
the chamber of the australian house of representatives
the federal assembly
session hall of parliament of finland
in modern politics and history, a parliament is a legislative body of government. generally, a modern parliament has three functions: representing the electorate, making laws, and overseeing the government via hearings and inquiries. the term is similar to the idea of a senate, synod or congress, and is commonly used in countries that are current or former monarchies, a form of government with a monarch as the head. some contexts restrict the use of the word parliament to parliamentary systems, although it is also used to describe the legislature in some presidential systems (e.g. the parliament of burundi), even where it is not in the official name.
historically, parliaments included various kinds of deliberative, consultative, and judicial assemblies, e.g. medieval parliaments.