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.

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This week in the House

Sitting week beginning Monday, 4 December 2017

Sitting week beginning Monday, 4 December 2017 — 7th 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'. However, there is not expected to be any private Members’ business in the House or Federation Chamber on Monday.

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 may be introduced into the House this week. Any 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.

In the House during the week it is planned to resume debate on the following private Senators’ bill subject to introduction (note – these plans may change as the week unfolds):

Monday

  • Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

Tuesday

  • Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

Wednesday

  • Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

Thursday

  • Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

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

Monday

  • Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017
  • Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017
  • Ministerial statement on the Senate inquiry into veterans’ suicide

Tuesday

  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2017

Wednesday - TBA
Thursday - TBA

Committee and delegation reports and statements and private Members’ motions

Committee reports may be presented at various times during the week.

Auditor-General’s reports

2017-18 reports of the Auditor-General will be presented after Question Time on Monday and also 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. 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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