Last week in the House

Week beginning 2 May 2016

Sitting week beginning Monday, 2 May 2016 – Second sitting week of the Second Session of the 44th Parliament's 2016 winter sittings.

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 Industry

  • Smart farming: Inquiry into agricultural innovation (4 May 2016) Debate resumed in the Federation Chamber (5 May 2016)

Standing Committee on Appropriations and Administration

  • Report No. 10: Annual report 2014-2015 (5 May 2016
  • Report No. 11: Budget estimates 2016-17 (5 May 2016)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

  • Inquiry into the jurisdiction of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (5 May 2016)

Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts

  • Arts and the news to rural and regional Australia: Inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional Australia (5 May 2016)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

  • Impairment of customer loans (5 May 2016
  • Report on the 2014-2015 annual reports of bodies established under the ASIC Act (5 May 2016

Standing Committee on Economics

  • Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission annual report 2015 (First report) (2 May 2016
  • Review of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority annual report 2015 (First report) (2 May 2016
  • Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia annual report 2015 (First report) (2 May 2016)

Standing Committee on the Environment

  • Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Organisations (4 May 2016

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • A world without the death penalty: Australia’s advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty (5 May 2016)  
  • Australia’s trade and investment relationships with countries of the Middle East: Inquiry of the Trade Sub-Committee (4 May 2016)
  • Food for thought: improving health and nutrition in the Indo-Pacific region (First report) (5 May 2016)

Standing Committee Health

  • Inquiry into chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care (5 May 2016)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

  • Annual report 2013-2014 (3 May 2016)
  • Human rights scrutiny report: Thirty-seventh report of the 44th Parliament (2 May 2016)
  • Human rights scrutiny report: Thirty-eighth report of the 44th Parliament (3 May 2016)

Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs

  • Interim report: First steps for improving educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (4 May 2016

Joint Standing Committee on Migration

  • Seasonal change: Inquiry into the Seasonal Worker Programme (5 May 2016

Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

  • Accommodation for people with disabilities and the NDIS (5 May 2016

Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia

  • Advisory report on the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016 (2 May 2016

Standing Committee on Petitions

  • The work of the Petitions Committee: 2013-2016 (5 May 2016

Standing Committee on Procedure

  • Division required? Electronic voting in the House of Representatives (2 May 2016
  • Maintenance of the standing orders (2 May 2016

Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit

  • Report 456: Defence Major Equipment Procurement and Evaluation, and Great Barrier Reef Regulation—Review of Auditor-General’s reports Nos 51-52 (2014-15) and Nos 1-10 (2015-16) (5 May 2016)
  • Report 457: Development of the Commonwealth Performance Framework (Second report) (5 May 2016)
  • Report 458: Defence Major Projects Report (2014-15): Review of Auditor-General report No. 16 (2015-16) (5 May 2016)

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works

  • Referrals made February and March 2016 (4th report of 2016) (4 May 2016
  • Referral made March 2016 (5th report of 2016) (4 May 2016
  • Referral made March 2016 (6th report of 2016) (4 May 2016

Selection Committee

  • Report No. 41 relating to the consideration of committee and delegation reports and private Members’ business on Monday, 2 May 2016 (2 May 2016
  • Report No. 42 relating to the consideration of private Members’ business on Monday, 9 May 2016 (4 May 2016

Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs

  • Surrogacy matters: Inquiry into the regulatory and legislative aspects of international and domestic surrogacy arrangements (4 May 2016) Debate resumed in the Federation Chamber (5 May 2016)

Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue

  • 2015 annual report of the Australian Taxation Office (First report) (5 May 2016)
  • External scrutiny of the Australian Taxation Office (5 May 2016)

Joint Select Committee on Trade and Investment Growth

  • Inquiry into Australia’s future in research and innovation (5 May 2016)

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

  • Report 161: Treaties tabled on 1 December 2015, 3 December 2015 and 2 February 2016 (4 May 2016
  • Report 162: 20th Anniversary Seminar (4 May 2016

Government responses to committee reports presented

Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and the Arts

  • Inquiry into Australia’s biodiversity in a changing climate—Managing Australia’s biodiversity in a changing climate: the way forward (2 May 2016)

Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit

  • Executive Minutes on reports 447448 and 449 (5 May 2016)

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

  • Report 154: Treaty tabled on 17 June 2015 (2 May 2016)

Delegation reports presented

Australian Parliamentary Delegation to Canada from 6 to 12 June 2015 (2 May 2016

Australian Parliamentary Delegation to Japan and the Republic of Korea, 9 November to 21 November 2014 (5 May 2016)  

Australian Parliamentary Delegation to the 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, Lusaka, Zambia, 19 to 23 March 2016 (4 May 2016)  

Australian Parliamentary Delegation to the United States of America, 20 September to 2 October 2015 (4 May 2016

Other committee business

Dr Jensen, Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions, presented petitions and Ministers' responses to petitions previously presented to the House (2 May 2016

Mr Broadbent, Chair of the Privileges and Members’ Interests Committee, made a statement concerning the possible unauthorised disclosure of the Committee’s draft report (5 May 2016

Mr Laming, Chair of the Standing Committee on Education and Employment, made a statement concerning the inquiry innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy (5 May 2016

Mr Macfarlane, Chair of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, made a statement concerning the draft budget estimates for the Australian National Audit Office and the Parliamentary Budget Office for 2016-2017 (3 May 2016)

The Speaker presented the schedule of outstanding Government responses to reports of House and joint committees, which incorporates reports tabled and details of Government responses made in the period between 3 December 2015 and 4 May 2016 (5 May 2016

Appointment and discharge of members

There were no changes to committee memberships

Ministerial statements

Anzac Day commemorations - Mr Tehan, Minister for Veterans' Affairs (2 May 2016)

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Matters of Public Importance discussed

Budget (5 May 2016

Economic plan (4 May 2016

National Broadband Network (3 May 2016)

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Private Members’ business

Private Members' motions

The following motions were moved and debated on 2 May 2016

Private Members' bills

The following private Members' bills were presented on 2 May 2016 

Other opportunities for private Members

90 second statements in the House (2 May, 3 May, 4 May and 5 May 2016)

90 second statements in the Federation Chamber (2 May 2016)

Adjournment debate in the House (2 May and 4 May 2016)

Adjournment debate in the Federation Chamber (5 May 2016)

Grievance debate in the Federation Chamber (2 May 2016)

Members’ constituency statements in the Federation Chamber (2 May4 May and 5 May 2016)

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Other business

Address in Reply to His Excellency the Governor-General’s Speech (2 May4 May and 5 May 2016)

Committee of Privileges and Members’ Interests—House agrees with the recommendation of the report of the committee presented on 17 March 2016 about whether the former member for Dobell, Mr Craig Thomson, deliberately misled the House (4 May 2016)

Condolence motion on the death of former Member, the Honourable Dr Rex Alan Patterson (2 May 2016). Referred and debated in the Federation Chamber (2 May 2016). Agreed to in the House (3 May 2016

Indulgence statements on the death of the Honourable Thomas Lancelot (Tom) Lewis AO (2 May 2016)

Motion of censure of the Prime Minister (5 May 2016

Procedures of the House of Representatives for dealing with matters of contempt—Proposed variation of resolution for the purposes of considering the notice given by the Member for McMillan (4 May 2016)

Statement by the Speaker in relation to Senate amendments to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016 (3 May 2016)

Suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to condemn the Prime Minister (5 May 2016)

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More information

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.

More House statistics

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

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