This week in the House

Sitting week beginning Monday, 26 September 2022

 Sitting week beginning Monday, 12 September 2022 — 3rd House sitting week of the 47th Parliament’s 2022 spring sittings.

This page summarises matters expected to be considered by the House of Representatives and its Federation Chamber. It is updated weekly during sittings. 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.

For details about the proposed program of business for each sitting of the House and Federation Chamber and that sitting’s public hearings of House and joint committees go to the House Daily Program (usually available at least 1 hour before the House is scheduled to meet).

This week the House is expected to sit on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in a pattern similar to that described in the Infosheet 'A typical sitting day'.

The Federation Chamber is also expected to meet on Monday (10.30am to 1.30pm and from 4pm to 7.30pm), Tuesday (from 4pm to 7.30pm) and on Wednesday (from 9.30am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7.30pm).

For details about House and Federation Chamber standard hours see the order of business diagram at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Chamber_documents/HoR/Order_of_Business

Real time tracking of business done by the House and the Federation Chamber

You can track each item of business as it is being done in the House Chamber and the Federation Chamber by using the “LiveMinutes” service.

You can see proceedings of the House and the Federation Chamber via the webcasts at www.aph.gov.au/Watch_Read_Listen.

Legislation

For information on how laws are made go to 'Making Laws', for the text of each bill go to Billsnet after the Bill is introduced.

Government bills are expected to be introduced into the House this week. These bills will be listed on the House Daily Program and the text of each bill will be available on ParlInfo after they are introduced.

Details of bills to be introduced are not available prior to their introduction.

On Monday in the House at 10.10am the following private Members’ bills are expected to be introduced:

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Ransomware Action Plan) Bill 2022 — Mrs Andrews (Lib, McPherson, Qld)
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (Faster Approvals for NDIS Housing and Supports) Bill 2022 — Dr M Ryan (Ind, Kooyong, Vic)

In the House during the week it is planned to resume debate on the following Government bills already introduced (note – these plans may change as the week unfolds, especially if some of the bills listed below are referred to the Federation Chamber by the House):

Monday

  • Jobs and Skills Australia Bill 2022
  • Jobs and Skills Australia (National Skills Commissioner Repeal) Bill 2022
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2022 Measures No. 2) Bill 2022
  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Self-Employment Programs and Other Measures) Bill 2022

Tuesday

  • National Health Amendment (General Co-payment) Bill 2022
  • Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Incentivising Pensioners to Downsize) Bill 2022
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (AFP Powers and Other Matters) Bill 2022
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2022 Measures No. 3) Bill 2022
  • Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment Bill 2022
  • Income Tax Amendment (Labour Mobility Program) Bill 2022

Wednesday

  • Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2022
  • Financial Sector Reform Bill 2022
  • Financial Services Compensation Scheme of Last Resort Levy (Collection) Bill 2022
  • Financial Services Compensation Scheme of Last Resort Levy Bill 2022
  • High Speed Rail Authority Bill 2022
  • Emergency Response Fund Amendment (Disaster Ready Fund) Bill 2022

In the Federation Chamber debate on Government business matters and committee and delegation reports occurs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Debate may be resumed on matters previously referred or items may be referred during the week.


Committee and delegation reports and statements and private Members’ motions

On Monday at approximately 10.30am the following private Members’ motions will be debated in the House:

Aged care — Ms Coker (ALP, Corangamite, Vic)

National Police Week — Mrs Andrews (Lib, McPherson, Qld)

At 11am on Monday the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber.

Research commercialisation — Mr Tudge (Lib, Aston, Vic)

Veterans’ employment and training — Mr Neumann (ALP, Blair, Qld)

Paid parental leave — Ms Steggall (Ind, Warringah, NSW)

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day — Ms Stanley (ALP, Werriwa, NSW)

At 4.45pm on Monday the following private Members’ motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber.

1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment — Mr Thompson (Lib, Herbert, Qld)

Media diversity — Ms Daniel (Ind, Goldstein, Vic)

European Union Free Trade Agreement — Mr Hogan (Nat, Page, NSW)

Aged care — Ms Coker (ALP, Corangamite, Vic)

Construction industry — Mr Pike (Lib, Bowman, Qld)


Auditor-General’s reports

2022-23 reports of the Auditor-General may be presented after question time.

Matters of Public Importance

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after question time, in accordance with the House's standing orders, it is possible for the House to discuss a matter of public importance (MPI). If an MPI is proposed by a Member, and is in order, the subject of the MPI will be announced shortly after midday on each of these days and published on the House's website. If more than one MPI is proposed the Speaker will decide which MPI is the most urgent and important to be submitted to the House that day.

Grievance debate

In accordance with standing orders Grievance Debate is held on sitting Tuesdays in the Federation Chamber. At no later than 6.30pm debate is resumed on the question ‘That grievances be noted’ and debate ensues for one hour. Debate on the question is practically unlimited in scope, giving Members the opportunity, in 10 minute speeches, to raise matters in which they have a particular interest or to discuss complaints of constituents.

Petitions

This week Members' may present petitions during the time reserved for Members' Statements in the House and the Federation Chamber, during the time reserved for Members’ constituency statements in the Federation Chamber and during the Adjournment Debates of the House and the Federation Chamber.

For more details about petitioning the House of Representatives see the petitions webpage.

For details about House and Federation Chamber debate times see the order of business diagram.

See Also:

Sitting hours for this week

For details about House and Federation Chamber standard hours see the order of business diagrams.

Following proceedings in the House

You can track each item of business as it is being done in the House Chamber and the House Main Committee by using LiveMinutes, which is an online version of the Draft Minutes.  

You can see proceedings of the House Chamber and Federation Chamber via the webcasts at the Watch Parliament page.

Replays of Question Time are available to view from you desktop, iOS or Android device from the About the House news page. Question Time replays are also available from our Youtube channel youtube.com/aboutthehouse.

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