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Labor lampoons Turnbull's 'battle plan'

AAP logoAAP 28/08/2016

Labor has lampooned what's been labelled as Malcolm Turnbull's 25-point battle plan for the new parliament, saying it's a reheated version of Tony Abbott's agenda.

The coalition party room and backbench committees are considering more than two dozen bills ahead of the new parliament's first day on Tuesday.

Included on the list is the much-discussed omnibus budget savings bill, along with the workplace relations legislation used to trigger the July 2 double-dissolution election, company tax cuts and media ownership changes.

But it doesn't include anything on the national broadband network, local jobs, advanced manufacturing, climate change or Medicare, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told a meeting of his shadow ministry on Monday.

And 23 of the 25 points came from the former prime minister's agenda.

"So much for change," Mr Shorten said.

"They're reheating Tony Abbott's cuts and Joe Hockey's rhetoric and they're reheating much of the failed 2014 budget."

Cabinet minister Simon Birmingham said the move to have coalition MPs look at so many bills at once demonstrated the government's "large agenda".

The government is keen to get the bills into parliament on Wednesday and Thursday, in the hope they can pass before key Senate crossbenchers change their minds and withdraw support.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the bills covered issues the government had talked about during the election campaign.

"As a government we're giving the parliament plenty of notice of the forward agenda," he told ABC radio.

"We keep doing everything we can to persuade the Australian people and to persuade others in the Senate what is it we're doing and why."

But Labor's Senate leader Penny Wong said the so-called list of reforms included such measures as agricultural levies and statute changes.

"They may well be worthy but I'm not sure you'd sort of trumpet it as the centre of your agenda," she told ABC radio.

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