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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 20 March 2017

Sitting week beginning Monday, 20 March 2017 – 4th 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

Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters

  • Second interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 federal election: Foreign donations (20 March 2017)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

  •  Human rights scrutiny report: Report 2 of 2017 (21 March 2017)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

  • Review of the listing and re-listing of four terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code: Al-Qa’ida in the Indian Subcontinent, Islamic State in Libya, Islamic State Sinai Province and al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (20 March 2017) 

Standing Committee on Petitions

Selection Committee

  • Report No. 9 relating to the consideration of committee and delegation business and private Members’ business on Monday, 27 March 2017 (22 March 2017

Government responses to committee reports presented

Joint Standing Committee on Migration

  • Inquiry into the Business Innovation and Investment Programme (23 March 2017)

Joint Standing Committee on the Nation Capital and External Territories

  • Governance in the Indian Ocean Territories—Interim report: Economic development and Final report: Economic development and governance (20 March 2017)

Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs

  • Revisiting recognition: Report on the roundtable with Australian South Sea Islanders (22 March 2017)

Delegation reports presented

There were no delegation reports presented  

Appointment and discharge of members

There were no changes to committee memberships

Other committee business

Mr Vasta, Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions, presented petitions and Ministers' responses to petitions previously presented to the House (20 March 2017)

Standing Committee on the Environment and EnergyLiving with fruit bats: Inquiry into flying-fox management in the eastern states (Resumption of debate 21 March 2017)

Ministerial statements

Agreement to amend the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement - Mr Ciobo, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment (20 March 2017)

Last Veterans' Mission to Korea - Mr Tehan, Minister for Veterans' Affairs (22 March 2017)

Matters of Public Importance discussed

Energy (23 March 2017)

Protecting Australians (21 March 2017

Schools (22 March 2017)

Private Members’ business

Private Members' motions

The following motions were moved and debated on 20 March 2017 

Private Members' bills

The following bills were presented on 20 March 2017

Other opportunities for private Members

90 second statements in the House (20 March, 21 March, 22 March and 23 March 2017)

90 second statements in the Federation Chamber (20 March 2017)

Adjournment debate in the House (20 March, 21 March, 22 March and 23 March 2017)

Adjournment debate in the Federation Chamber (23 March 2017)

Grievance debate in the Federation Chamber (21 March 2017)

Members’ constituency statements in the Federation Chamber (20 March, 21 March, 22 March and 23 March 2017)

Public works referrals and approvals

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

Other business

Address in Reply to His Excellency the Governor-General’s Speech (21 March, and 22 March 2017)

Mrs Prentice was appointed as a member of the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council (20 March 2017

Indulgence statements on the terrorist attack at Westminster (23 March 2017)

Statement by the Speaker—British High Commissioner to Australia (23 March 2017)

Statements on the motion to take note of the document—Agreement to amend the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement—Ministerial statement (22 March 2017)

Statements on the motion to take note of the document—Recent Military Commemorations—Ministerial statement (21 March 2017)

Suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to be moved in relation to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (22 March 2017)