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For the official record of the proceedings of the House, including a list of papers presented, go to the Votes and Proceedings. To read transcripts of the debates, go to Hansard.

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Last week in the House

Week beginning 14 August 2017

Sitting week beginning Monday, 14 August 2017 – 2nd sitting week of the Spring 2017 period of sittings of the 45th Parliament.

This page summarises the work done in the House of Representatives and the Federation Chamber. It is updated at the completion of a parliamentary sitting week. For a full report of the business dealt with, including a list of documents presented, go to the Votes and Proceedings. To read the debates, including question time, go to Hansard

Committee and delegation business

Committee reports presented

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  •  Modern slavery and global supply chains: Interim report (17 August 2017)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

  • Review of administration and expenditure: No. 15 (2015-2016)—Australian intelligence agencies (15 August 2017)

Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

  • Provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition (15 August 2017)

Standing Committee on Petitions

Standing Committee on Publications

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works

Selection Committee

  • Report No. 15 relating to the consideration of committee and delegation business and private Members’ business on Monday, 4 September 2017 (16 August 2017)

Government responses to committee reports presented

Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources

  • Safe keeping: Inquiry into the biosecurity of Australian honey bees (15 August 2017)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

  • Review of Administration and Expenditure: No. 14 (2014-2015)—Australian Intelligence Agencies (16 August 2017)

Delegation reports presented

Australian Parliamentary Delegation to China, 26 June to 1 July 2017 (17 August 2017)

Appointment and discharge of members

Senate message reported informing the House of changes to the membership of certain committees (14 August and 17 August 2017)

The House was informed that the Chief Government Whip had nominated Mr Ted O’Brien to be a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in place of Mr Wood (15 August 2017)

Other committee business

A message from the Senate was reported informing the House that the Senate had agreed to a resolution to extend the time for the presentation of a report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (16 August 2017)

Mr R. J. Wilson and Ms Keay, Chair and Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water resources, made statements concerning the Committee’s visit to New Zealand (14 August 2017)

Mrs Wicks, Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions, presented petitions and Ministers' responses to petitions previously presented to the House (14 August 2017)

Ministerial statements

Conclusion of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands—Mr Turnbull, Prime Minister (14 August 2017)

Veterans and their families—Mr Tehan, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs (14 August 2017)

Matters of Public Importance discussed

 Economy (15 August 2017)

Medicare (16 August 2017

National interest (17 August 2017)

Private Members’ business

Private Members' motions

The following motions were moved and debated on 14 August 2017

Private Members' bills

The following bills were presented on 14 August 2017

Other opportunities for private Members

90 second statements in the House (14 August, 15 August, 16 August and 17 August 2017)

90 second statements in the Federation Chamber (14 August 2017

Adjournment debate in the House (14 August, 15 August, 16 August and 17 August 2017)

Adjournment debate in the Federation Chamber (17 August 2017)

Grievance debate (15 August 2017)

Members’ constituency statements in the Federation Chamber (14 August, 15 August, 16 August and 17 August 2017)

Public works referrals and approvals

There were no public works referred to the Parliamentary Committee on Public Works for consideration and report by the House

The following public works were approved by the House on 17 August 2017

Other business

Condolence motion in relation to the death of former Senator the Honourable Brian Francis Gibson AM (16 August 2017). Referred and debated in the Federation Chamber (17 August 2017). Agreed to in the House (17 August 2017)

Matter of privilege raised in relation to the former Member for Dunkley (15 August 2017)

Reference of Matter to the Court of Disputed Returns (14 August 2017)

Statements on the motion to take note of the document—Conclusion of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (15 August 2017)

Statements on the motion to take note of the document—Veterans and their families (16 August 2017)

Suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to be moved in relation to the Deputy Prime Minister (14 August15 August16 August and 17 August 2017)

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