Last week in the House

Week beginning 23 March 2015

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.


Committee and delegation business

Committee reports presented

Standing Committee on Appropriations and Administration

Standing Committee on Economics

Standing Committee on Health

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

Joint Standing Committee on Migration

Privileges and Members’ Interests Committee

Publications Committee

Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs

Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

Government responses to committee reports presented

There were no government responses presented

Delegation reports presented

Australian Parliamentary Delegation field visit to Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, 10 to 19 November 2014 (26 March 2015)

Australian Parliamentary Delegation to the twenty-third annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum held in Quito, Ecuador from 10 to 15 January 2015, and bilateral visit to Peru from 16 to 21 January 2015 (26 March 2015)

Other committee business

Dr Jensen, Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions, presented petitions and Ministers' responses to petitions previously presented to the House (24 March 2015)

Standing Committee of Economics—Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia annual report 2014 (First report) (resumption of debate 25 March 2015)

Standing Committee on Health—Skin cancer in Australia: Our national cancer (resumption of debate 26 March 2015)

Appointment and discharge of members

Ms Bird was discharged from the Standing Committee on Education and Employment and, in her place, Mr O’Connor was appointed a member (26 March 2015)

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Ministerial statements

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Mental health in the Australian Defence Force - Mr Robert, Assistant Minister for Defence (24 March 2015)

Murray-Darling Basin Plan - Mr Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment (26 March 2015)

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Matters of Public Importance discussed

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Budget (25 March 2015)

Budget (26 March 2015)

Pensions (24 March 2015)

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Debate on private Members’ motions

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The following private Members' motions were moved and debated on 24 March 2015

Brain injury - Ms Hall (Shortland, NSW)

Cruise liner industry - Mr Laming (Bowman, Qld)

Cyclone Pam - Mr Thistlethwaite (Kingsford Smith, NSW)

Deregulation - Mr Irons (Swan, WA)

Melanoma - Mr Tehan (Wannon, Vic)

Research and development - Mr Zappia (Makin, SA)

Tuberculosis - Mrs Prentice (Ryan, Qld)

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Public works referrals and approvals

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The following public work and proposal were approved by the House

Th following public works were referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report by the House

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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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