Sitting hours for this week

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

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This week in the House

Sitting week beginning Monday, 9 September 2019

Sitting week beginning Monday, 9 September 2019 — 1st House sitting week of the 46th Parliament’s 2019 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, Wednesday and Thursday 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), Wednesday (from 10am to 1.30pm and from 4pm to 7.30pm) and on Thursday (from 10am to approximately 1.00pm).

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 Member’s’ bill is expected to be introduced:

  • National Integrity Commission Bill 2019— Mr Bandt (AG, Melbourne, ACT)

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

  • National Sports Tribunal Bill 2019
  • National Sports Tribunal (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019
  • Road Vehicle Standards Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Overseas Welfare Recipients Integrity Program) Bill 2019
  • Customs Amendment (Immediate Destruction of Illicit Tobacco) Bill 2019
  • Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2019

Tuesday

  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Ending Grandfathered Conflicted Remuneration) Bill 2019
  • Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Extend Family Assistance to ABSTUDY Secondary School Boarding Students Aged 16 and Over) Bill 2019
  • Aged Care Amendment (Movement of Provisionally Allocated Places) Bill 2019
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2019
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill 2019
  • Higher Education Support (Charges) Bill 2019
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2019
  • Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Bonded Medical Programs Reform) Bill 2019

Wednesday

  • Water Amendment (Indigenous Authority Member) Bill 2019
  • Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
  • National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2019
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Superannuation Measures No. 1) Bill 2019
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Partner Service Pension and Other Measures) Bill 2019

Thursday

  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Members’ Interests First) Bill 2019
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Single Treatment Pathway) Bill 2019
  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Police Powers at Airports) Bill 2019

This week in the Federation Chamber the second reading debate on the following bills will conclude and consideration in detail of Appropriation Bill (No. 1) will commence:

  • Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020
  • Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2019-2020
  • Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020

Committee and delegation reports and statements and private Members’ motions

On Monday at approximately 10.20am the following private Members’ motions will be debated in the House:

  • Funding for settlement of refugees — Mr Hayes (ALP, Fowler, NSW)
  • National Science Week — Dr Allen (Lib, Higgins, Vic)
  • Prostate cancer — Mr Gorman (ALP, Perth, WA)

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

  • Sydney Metro West Project — Ms Owens (ALP, Parramatta, NSW)
  • World Ranger Day — Mr Entsch (Lib, Leichhardt, Qld)
  • Small amount credit contracts legislation — Mr Dick (ALP, Oxley, Qld)
  • Disability-related health supports — Mr C Kelly (Lib, Hughes, NSW)

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

  • Age pensions — Ms Sharkie (CA, Mayo, SA)
  • Small business and the defence industry — Mr Thompson (Lib, Herbert, Qld)
  • Citizenship applications — Mr Zappia (ALP, Makin, SA)
  • Congestion — Mr van Manen (Forde, Lib, Qld)
  • Home care packages — Ms Owens (ALP, Parramatta, NSW)

Auditor-General’s reports

2018-19 reports of the Auditor-General will be presented after question time on Monday and further reports may be presented later in the week.

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.

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