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These Infosheets provide useful information about the business of the House and Federation Chamber.

For the official record of the proceedings of the House, including a list of papers presented, go to the Votes and Proceedings. To read transcripts of the debates, go to Hansard.

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Last week in the House

Week beginning 23 October 2017

Sitting week beginning Monday, 23 October 2017 6th sitting week of the Spring 2017 period of sittings of the 45th Parliament.

This page summarises the work done in the House of Representatives and the Federation Chamber. It is updated at the completion of a parliamentary sitting week. 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

Committee and delegation business

Committee reports presented

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • Inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relationship with the United Kingdom: Interim report (23 October 2017)

Standing Committee on Petitions

Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit

  • Report 467: Cybersecurity compliance: Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s report 42 (2016-17) (25 October 2017
  • Report 468: Defence Major Projects Report (2015-16): Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s report 40 (2016-17) (26 October 2017)

Standing Committee on Publications

Selection Committee

  • Report No. 19 relating to the consideration of committee and delegation business and private Members’ business on Monday, 27 November 2017 (25 October 2017)

    Government responses to committee reports presented

    Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

    • Accommodation for people with disabilities and the NDIS (26 October 2017)

    Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit

    • Report 452: Natural disaster recovery; Centrelink telephone services; and Safer Streets program (executive minute) (25 October 2017)
    • Report 462: Commonwealth infrastructure spending: Inquiry based on Auditor‑General’s reports 14 (2015-16) and 38 (2016-17) (executive minute) (25 October 2017

    Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue

    • 2015 annual report of the Australian Taxation Office (First report) (25 October 2017)
    • 2016 annual report of the Australian Taxation Office: Performance review 2015-16 (25 October 2017)

    Delegation reports presented

    There were no delegation reports presented

    Appointment and discharge of members

    Chief Opposition Whip nominated Mr Hart to be a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth in place of Mr Hill (25 October 2017)

    Other committee business

    Mrs Wicks, Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions, presented petitions and Ministers' responses to petitions previously presented to the House (23 October 2017)

    Ministerial statements

    Response to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee’s report on the inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel—Mr Tehan, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs (24 October 2017)

    Matters of Public Importance discussed

    National Broadband Network (24 October 2017)

    Growth (25 October 2017

    Standards and accountability (26 October 2017)

    Private Members’ business

    Private Members' motions

    The following motions were moved and debated on 23 October 2017

    Private Members' bills

    The following bills were presented on 23 October 2017

    Other opportunities for private Members

    90 second statements in the House (23 October, 24 October, 25 October and 26 October 2017)

    90 second statements in the Federation Chamber (23 October 2017

    Adjournment debate in the House (23 October, 24 October, 25 October and 26 October 2017)

    Adjournment debate in the Federation Chamber (26 October 2017)

    Grievance debate (24 October 2017)

    Members’ constituency statements in the Federation Chamber (23 October, 24 October, 25 October and 26 October 2017)

    Public works referrals and approvals

    There were no public works referred to the Parliamentary Committee on Public Works for consideration and report by the House or public works approved

    Other business

    Program of sittings for 2018 (26 October 2017)

    Statements by indulgence in relation to the Defence community response to Ministerial challenge of 14 August 2017 (26 October 2016)

    Suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to be moved condemning the Prime Minister (23 October 2017)

    Suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to be moved in relation to the Crown Casino (26 October 2017)

    Suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to be moved in relation to the Minister of Employment (26 October 2017)

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