This week in the House

Sitting week beginning Monday, 29 November 2021

Sitting week beginning Monday, 29 November 2021 — 8th House sitting week of the 46th Parliament’s 2021 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 10.20am the following private Members’ bill is expected to be introduced:

  • Illegal Detention of Australian Journalists (Free Julian Assange) Bill 2021 — Mr Christensen (Nat, Dawson, Qld)

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

  • Telstra Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021
  • Corporations Amendment (Meetings and Documents) Bill 2021
  • National Health Amendment (Enhancing the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2021
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Exempting Disability Payments from Income Testing and Other Measures) Bill 2021
  • Mitochondrial Donation Law Reform (Maeve’s Law) Bill 2021

Tuesday

  • Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Integrity) Bill 2021
  • Electoral Legislation Amendment (Assurance of Senate Counting) Bill 2021
  • Investment Funds Legislation Amendment Bill 2021
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Superannuation Outcomes For Australians and Helping Australian Businesses Invest) Bill 2021
  • Religious Discrimination Bill 2021
  • Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021
  • Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

Wednesday

  • Crimes Amendment (Remissions of Sentences) Bill 2021
  • Offshore Petroleum (Laminaria and Corallina Decommissioning Cost Recovery Levy) Bill 2021
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Laminaria and Corallina Decommissioning Cost Recovery Levy) Bill 2021
  • Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Amendment Bill 2021

Thursday

  • Customs Amendment (Controlled Trials) Bill 2021
  • Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle Framework and Other Measures Bill 2021
  • Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2021

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 10.10am the following committee report will be presented in the House:

  • Standing Committee on Economics — Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission annual reports 2019 and 2020 

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

  • Fair Work Amendment (Same Job, Same Pay) Bill 2021, resumption of debate on the second reading — Mr Albanese (ALP, Grayndler, NSW
  • Visa holders — Mr Zimmerman (Lib, North Sydney, NSW)

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

  • GP Access After Hours service — Ms Claydon (ALP, Newcastle, NSW)
  • Australian Defence Force Careers — Mr Leeser (Lib, Berowra, NSW)
  • COVID-19 Youth Recovery Strategy — Ms Rishworth (ALP, Kingston, NSW)
  • Roads of Strategic Importance initiative — Mr R J Wilson (Lib, O’Connor, WA)

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

  • Family Law Amendment (A Step Towards a Safer Family Law System) Bill 2020, resumption of debate on the second reading — Mr Perrett (ALP, Moreton, Qld)
  • Global Polio Eradication Initiative — Dr Allen (Lib, Higgins, Vic)
  • Juvenile arthritis — Dr Freelander (ALP, Macarthur, NSW)
  • Genocide — Mr Zimmerman (Lib, North Sydney, NSW)
  • Economic impact of COVID-19 — Ms Steggall (Ind, Warringah, NSW)

Auditor-General’s reports

2021-22 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.

Petitions

This week Members' may present petitions during the time reserved for Members' Statements in the House and during the Adjournment Debate of the House.

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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