Welcome to the first day of the last sitting fortnight.
There is a chance the Senate will have to sit for another week to get through all the legislation the government wants to pass before the end of the year.
Prime minister Anthony Albanese has given a little bit of leeway by saying if the government misses the end of the year deadline it set itself it is not the end of the world.
It is the IR bill which is the sticking point. The government is still hoping it will get David Pocock over the line for the whole package. Those negotiations are ongoing, and Pocock doesn’t want to be rushed – he has said several times that he wants to get it right. And that might mean waiting until the first sittings next year.
Also on the agenda is the national anti-corruption commission bill, which, now it is back from the joint committee, is about to face a whole heap of amendments. The government has agreed not to rush the debate, or declare it urgent, and that amendments can be moved one by one rather than in blocks. Mark Dreyfus wants the Nacc to be something the whole parliament has had a say in so he is prepared to give a little – but it means it will also take some time.
There is also the territory rights bill, which supporters want to bring to a vote while there is momentum.
All in all, it will be a busy couple of weeks.
In the Senate, the Greens are hoping to make it easier for people on jobseeker to earn a living wage by being able to increase their hours at work without a financial penalty to their social security.
And that’s not counting all the stuff that just pops up.
Katharine Murphy is back from the prime minister’s summit season whirlwind, so she will be able to guide you through the final sitting, with Josh Butler, Paul Karp and Daniel Hurst. You’ll have Amy Remeikis on the blog for most of the day. Mike Bowers is still covering the flood emergency in central western NSW and we will bring you those updates as well.
I am already on my third coffee. It is going to be that sort of week. But it has been that sort of year, so it tracks.
Let’s get into it.
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