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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 4 December 2017

Sitting week beginning Monday, 4 December 2017 7th sitting week of the Spring 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

Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts

  • Report on the inquiry into the Australian film and television industry (7 December 2017)

Standing Committee on Economics

  • Review of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority annual report 2016 (4 December 2017)
  • Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia annual report 2016 (Third report)
    (
    7 December 2017)
  • Review of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Annual Report 2016
    (
    7 December 2017)

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • Interim report: Legal foundations of religious freedom in Australia (4 December 2017)

Joint Committee on Human Rights

Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

  • Review of the listing of Islamic State East Asia as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code (5 December 2017)
  • Annual report of Committee activities 2016-17 (5 December 2017)

Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

  • Provision of services under the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach
     
    (7 December 2017)

Standing Committee on Petitions

Standing Committee on Procedure

Standing Committee on Publications

  • Inquiry into the printing standards for documents presented to Parliament (5 December 2017)

Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works

Selection Committee

  • Report No. 20 relating to the consideration of committee and delegation business and private Members’ business on Monday, 5 February 2018 (6 December 2017)

Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs

  • A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence: Recommendations for an accessible, equitable and responsive family law system which better priorities safety of those affected by family violence (7 December 2017)

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

  • Report 175: OECD Tax measures BEPS; International Solar Alliance-Agreement; Air Services-Three Agreements (4 December 2017)

 

Government responses to committee reports presented

Joint Select Committee on Government Procurement

  • Buying into our future: Review of amendments to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (4 December 2017)

Standing Committee on Health and Ageing

  • Thinking ahead: Report on the inquiry into dementia; early diagnosis and intervention (5 December 2017)

Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia

  • Pivot North: Inquiry into the development of Northern Australia (4 December 2017)


Delegation reports presented

Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, Myanmar and Indonesia, 2 to 13 July 2017 (6 December 2017)

Australian Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliament and Estonia, 3 to 9 October 2017 (7 December 2017)

Australian Parliamentary Delegation to the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, St Petersburg, 14 to 18 October 2017 (7 December 2017)

 

Appointment and discharge of members

Chief Government Whip nominated Mr Wallace to be a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in place of Mr  Hastie. Chief Opposition Whip nominated Mr Hammond to be a member of the Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs in place of Ms M. King (4 December 2017)

Chief Opposition Whip nominated Mr J. Wilson to be a member of the Standing Committee on Economics in place of Ms M. King; and Ms Claydon and Mr Dick to be members of the Joint Select Committee on oversight of the implementation of redress related recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (7 December 2017)

Messages from the Senate reported regarding changes to committee membership:

 

Other committee business

Mrs Wicks, Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions, presented petitions and Ministers' responses to petitions previously presented to the House (4 December 2017)

Message from the Senate reported informing the House that the Senate had agreed to a resolution to refer matters to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (7 December 2017)

A message from the Senate was reported informing the House that the Senate had agreed to a resolution amending the resolution of appointment of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (7 December 2017)

 

Ministerial statements

There were no ministerial statements

Matters of Public Importance discussed

Private Members’ business

Private Members' motions

There were no private Members' motions moved

Private Members' bills

The following bill was presented on 4 December 2017 and agreed to on 7 December 2017

Other opportunities for private Members

90 second statements in the House (4 December, 5 December, 6 December and 7 December 2017)

90 second statements in the Federation Chamber (4 December 2017)

Adjournment debate in the House (4 December and 7 December 2017)

Adjournment debate in the Federation Chamber (7 December 2017)

Grievance debate (5 December 2017)

Members’ constituency statements in the Federation Chamber (4 December, 5 December, 6 December and 7 December 2017)

Other business

Order of the Court of Disputed Returns concerning Hon Barnaby Joyce MP (4 December 2017)

Writs for elections for the electoral divisions of New England and Bennelong (4 December 2017)

Resolution requiring all Members to provide statements in relation to citizenship (4 December 2017)

Speaker informs the House of the death of former Member Percival Clarence (Clarrie) Millar AM and former Senators Jean Margaret Hearn and Stephen Patrick Hutchins (4 December 2017)

Condolence motion in relation to the death of former Governor-General the Right Honorable Sir Ninian Martin Stephen KG AK GCMG GCVO KBE QC (4 December 2017)

Condolence motion in relation to the death of former Member, the Honorable Wallace Clyde (Wal) Fife (4 December 2017), debate resumed in Federation Chamber (5 December 2017), agreed to in the House (6 December 2017)

Message from Senate requesting concurrence of the House to resolution calling on the Government to accept New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees in offshore detention. Resolution disagreed to (4 December 2017)

Response to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee’s report on the inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel— Statement by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Mr Dan Tehan MP—Debate resumed on motion to take note of document (4 December 2017)

Standing orders suspended to alter the order of business (to allow for passage of the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017) (5 December and 6 December 2017)

Return of writ for the electoral division of New England and oath of allegiance by Barnaby Joyce (6 December 2017)

Statements in relation to the 50th anniversary of the disappearance of Harold Holt (6 December and 7 December 2017)

Reference of matter to the Court of Disputed Returns (6 December 2017)

 

 

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