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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 28 November 2016

Sitting week beginning Monday, 28 November 2016 – 7th sitting week of the Spring 2016 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 Appropriations and Administration

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

Standing Committee of Privileges and Members’ Interests

  • Claim of parliamentary privilege by a Member in relation to material seized under a search warrant (28 November 2016)

Standing Committee on Publications

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

Government responses to committee reports presented

Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs

  • Eyes in the sky: Inquiry into drones and the regulation of air safety and privacy (1 December 2016)

Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue

Delegation reports presented

Australian Parliamentary Delegation to the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland, 23 to 27 October 2016 (30 November 2016)

Appointment and discharge of members

The Chief Opposition Whip nominated Mr Jones to be a member of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network in place of Ms Rowland (30 November 2016

Senate messages were reported informing the House of changes to membership of certain Joint Committees (29 November and 1 December 2016)

Other committee business

Mr Broadbent, Chair of the Privileges and Members’ Interests Committee,  presented notifications of alterations of interests received during the period 27 September and 29 November 2016 (1 December 2016)

Mr Vasta, Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions, presented the fifth report of the Committee for the 45th Parliament Report 5: Petitions and Ministerial responses, petitions and a Minister's response to a petition previously presented to the House (28 November 2016)

Mr Wood, Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, made a statement concerning the Committee’s inquiry into migrant settlement outcomes (28 November 2016)

Senate message was reported informing the House that the Senate had agreed to a resolution referring matters relating to the enhancement of protections and the type and availability of remedies for whistleblowers in the corporate, not-for-profit and public sectors to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services for inquiry and report (1 December 2016)

Senate message was reported informing the House that the Senate had agreed to a resolution establishing a Joint Select Committee on Government Procurement. The House concurred with the resolution (1 December 2016)

Standing Committee on Economics—Review of the four major banks: First report  (Resumption of debate 30 November 2016)

The Speaker presented the schedule of outstanding Government responses to reports of House of Representatives and joint committees (1 December 2016)

Ministerial statements

There were no ministerial statements made

Matters of Public Importance discussed

Employment (29 November 2016)

School funding (30 November 2016)

Government's year (1 December 2016)

Private Members’ business

Private Members' motions

The following motions were moved and debated on 28 November 2016

Private Members' bills

The following bills were presented on 28 November 2016

Other opportunities for private Members

90 second statements in the House (28 November, 29 November, 30 November and 1 December 2016)

90 second statements in the Federation Chamber (28 November 2016)

Adjournment debate in the House (28 November, 29 November and 30 November 2016)

Adjournment debate in the Federation Chamber (1 December 2016)

Grievance debate in the Federation Chamber (29 November 2016)

Members’ constituency statements in the Federation Chamber (28 November, 29 November, 30 November and 1 December 2016)

Other business

Motion by the Leader of the House in relation to the murder of Mrs Jo Cox MP (29 November and 30 November 2016)

Motion by the Prime Minister in relation to domestic and family violence (28 November and 30 November 2016)

Motion to take note of the document—Infrastructure statement and response to Infrastructure Australia’s 15 year plan—Statement by the Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull MP (29 November and 30 November 2016

Resolution of the House in relation to the claim of parliamentary privilege by the Member for Blaxland (1 December 2016)

Senate message informing the House that the Senate had agreed to a resolution in relation to the financial services industry (1 December 2016)​ 

Statement by the Speaker in relation to the Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2016 (29 November 2016)

Statement by the Speaker in relation to the protest in the public gallery on 30 November 2016 (1 December 2016)

Suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to be moved condemning the Prime Minister (1 December 2016)

Suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to be moved in relation to funds to the WA Liberal Government (28 November 2016)

Suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to be moved in relation to the Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2016 (29 November 2016)

Suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to be moved in relation to the backpacker tax  (1 December 2016)