Last week in the House

Week beginning 3 December 2018

This page provides an overview of the key events of the last sitting week in the House of Representatives. It includes all bills presented and debated; and selected statements, debates and committee business. For the official record of proceedings, see the Votes and Proceedings. For a detailed procedural account of events, see the Procedural Digest and House Review.

Key Events

  • The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition made statements on indulgence in relation to the death of former President of the United States of America George H W Bush (3 December); further statements were made in the Federation Chamber (4 December)
  • Statement by Speaker — Matter of Privilege (5 December)
  • The Member for Warringah and the Member for Barton made statements by leave in relation to remote Indigenous education (6 December)


15 bills were presented and 4 bills were passed by the House

Click here for a list of bills introduced and debated in the House

Ministerial Statements

No Ministerial statements were made

Matters of Public Importance discussed

Committee and delegation business

Committee reports presented

Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters

  • Report on the conduct of the 2016 federal election and matters related thereto (5 December)

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • Inquiry into the management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases (3 December)
  • Compassion, not commerce: An inquiry into human organ trafficking and organ transplant tourism (3 December)

Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources

  • Keep it in the regions: Mining and resources industry support for businesses in regional economies (3 December)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

  • Advisory report on the Intelligence Services Amendment Bill 2018 (4 December)
  • Advisory report on the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 (5 December)

Standing Committee on Petitions

  • Report 33: Petitions and Ministerial responses (3 December)

Government responses to committee reports

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

  • Review of the re-declaration of Mosul District, Ninewa Province, Iraq (6 December)

To read other committee reports, see committees 

Delegation reports presented

Australian Parliamentary Delegation to Mexico and Peru, 22 September to 1 October 2018 (5 December)

To read other delegation reports, see Outgoing delegations and visits

Private Members’ motions

The following motions were moved and debated on 3 December 2018

Debate resumed on the following motions on 3 December 2018