Sitting hours for this week

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This week in the House

Sitting week beginning Monday, 23 October 2017

Sitting week beginning Monday, 23 October 2017 — 6th House sitting week of the 45th Parliament’s 2017 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 (from 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 1pm).

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:

  • Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017 — Mr Bandt (AG, Melbourne, Vic)
  • National Integrity Commission Bill 2017 — Mr Bandt (AG, Melbourne, 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

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Better Targeting Student Payments) Bill 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No. 2) Bill 2017
  • Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017
  • Fringe Benefits Tax Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017
  • Income Tax Rates Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017
  • Superannuation (Excess Non-concessional Contributions Tax) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017
  • Superannuation (Excess Untaxed Roll-over Amounts Tax) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017
  • Income Tax (TFN Withholding Tax (ESS)) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017
  • Family Trust Distribution Tax (Primary Liability) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017
  • Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) (No. 1) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017
  • Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) (No. 2) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Untainting Tax) (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017
  • Nation-building Funds Repeal (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017

Tuesday

  • Australian Grape and Wine Authority Amendment (Wine Australia) Bill 2017
  • Fisheries Legislation Amendment (Representation) Bill 2017
  • Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Bill 2016
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2017
  • Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2017
  • Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2017

Wednesday

  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2017
  • Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017
  • Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017
  • Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2017
  • Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2017
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017
  • Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Amendment Bill 2017

Thursday

  • Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017
  • Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Bill 2017

In the Federation Chamber it is planned to resume debate on the following Government business matters and Committee and Delegation Reports:

Monday - TBA
Tuesday - TBA
Wednesday - TBA
Thursday - TBA

Committee and delegation reports and statements and private Members’ motions

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

  • White Ribbon Day — Mr Hayes (ALP, Fowler, NSW)
  • Tadeusz Kosciusko — Mr Falinski (Lib, Mackellar, NSW)

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

  • Endometriosis — Ms Brodtmann (ALP, Canberra, ACT)
  • New Colombo Plan — Ms Flint (Lib, Boothby, SA)
  • Offshore processing of asylum seekers — Ms McGowan (Ind, Indi, Vic)
  • Elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn ban — Mr Wood (Lib, Latrobe, Vic)
  • School funding — Mr Wallace (Lib, Fisher, Qld)

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

  • Holden — Mr Champion (ALP, Wakefield, SA)
  • Women’s Leadership Initiative — Ms Banks (Lib, Chisholm, Vic)
  • Carers — Ms Claydon (ALP, Newcastle, NSW)
  • Illicit drugs — Mr Morton (Lib, Tangney, WA)

Auditor-General’s reports

2017-18 reports of the Auditor-General may be presented after question time on sitting days.

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. There will be no MPI on Tuesday because the debate on the condolence motion will take precedence.

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. This week there will also be a Grievance Debate on Wednesday.

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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