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These Infosheets provide useful information about the business of the House and Federation Chamber.

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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Statistical records of the work of the House of Representatives are available on a range of business items, including legislation, questions, statements and petitions.

Last week in the House

Week beginning 27 March 2017

Sitting week beginning Monday, 27 March 2017 – 5th sitting week of the Autumn 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

Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources

  • Safe Keeping: Inquiry into the biosecurity of Australian honey bees (27 March 2017)

Standing Committee on Economics

  • Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia annual report 2016 (First report) (30 March 2017)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

  •  Human rights scrutiny report: Report 3 of 2017 (28 March 2017)

Standing Committee on Petitions

Standing Committee on Publications

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works

  • Eightieth annual report (2016) (27 March 2017)
  • Referrals made December 2016 (3rd report of 2017) (28 March 2017)
  • Referrals made November and December 2016 (2nd report of 2017) (27 March 2017)

Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue

  • 2016 annual report of the Australian Taxation Office: Performance review 2015-16 (30 March 2017

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

  • Report 168: Certain Maritime Arrangements—Timor-Leste (30 March 2017

Government responses to committee reports presented

Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications

  • Finding the right balance: Cabin crew ratios on Australian aircraft (28 March 2017)

Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue

  • External Scrutiny of the Australian Taxation Office (28 March 2017)

Delegation reports presented

Australian Parliamentary Delegation to the twenty-fifth annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Natadola, Fiji, 15 to 19 January 2017 (27 March 2017)

Appointment and discharge of members

Senate messages were reported informing the House of changes to membership of certain Joint Committees (27 March and 30 March 2017)

Other committee business

Extension of time to reportParliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services inquiry into the life insurance industry (30 March 2017)

Mr Vasta, Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions, presented petitions and Ministers' responses to petitions previously presented to the House (27 March 2017)

Mr Hill, Deputy Chair of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, presented the Parliamentary Budget Office Review 2016-17: Report of the Independent Review Panel and made a statement in connection with the report (30 March 2017)

Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources—Safe Keeping: Inquiry into the biosecurity of Australian honey bees (Resumption of debate 29 March 2017)

Standing Committee of Privileges and Members’ InterestsRegister of Members’ Interests for the 45th Parliament—Notifications of alterations of interests received during the period 29 November 2016 and 28 March 2017 (30 March 2017)

Ministerial statements

There were no ministerial statements made

Matters of Public Importance discussed

Australians (30 March 2017)  

Budget and the economy (29 March 2017)

Medicare (28 March 2017)

 

Private Members’ business

Private Members' motions

The following motions were moved and debated on 27 March 2017 

Private Members' bills

The following bills were presented on 27 March 2017

Other opportunities for private Members

90 second statements in the House (27 March, 28 March, 29 March and 30 March 2017)

90 second statements in the Federation Chamber (27 March 2017)

Adjournment debate in the House (27 March, 28 March and 29 March 2017)

Adjournment debate in the Federation Chamber (30 March 2017)

Grievance debate in the Federation Chamber (29 March 2017)

Members’ constituency statements in the Federation Chamber (27 March, 28 March, 29 March and 30 March 2017)

Other business

Address in Reply to His Excellency the Governor-General’s Speech (29 March and 30 March 2017)

Condolence motion in relation to the death of former Member, the Honourable Ian Louis Robinson, former Minister and Member for the Division of Cowper from 1963 to 1984 and Page from 1984 to 1990 (27 March 2017). Referred and debated in the Federation Chamber (29 March 2017). Agreed to in the House (30 March 2017)

Disallowance motion to the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016, made under section 34 of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 on 7 February 2017 (29 March 2017)

Mr Giles, Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, raised a matter of privilege (30 March 2017

Statement by the Speaker—Senate report on a matter of privilege (30 March 2017)

Statements on the motion to take note of the document—Last veterans' mission to Korea—Ministerial statement (28 March 2017)

Suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to be moved in relation to the Productivity Commission (30 March 2017)