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Packed agenda for new parliament

AAP logoAAP 28/08/2016

TURNBULL'S PARLIAMENTARY AGENDA

BUDGET:

* The government will bring in a bill to enable $6.5 billion in Labor's budget savings measures, including reducing the rate of the research tax offset, scaling back some higher education spending and changing family payments. Labor says it wants to see the details but the coalition says any objection would mean Labor doesn't stand by its election promises.

TAX CUTS

* Malcolm Turnbull is promising company tax cuts for all sizes of businesses. But the Senate is unlikely to pass anything more than a tax cut for businesses under $10 million turnover. Labor says the cut should only apply to $2 million-turnover firms, but compromise on the threshold is possible.

NATIONAL SECURITY

* The government wants to extend control orders to 14-year-olds and introduce a crime of advocating genocide. Adopting the recommendations of a bipartisan committee report, which add checks and balances to the laws, will see them through parliament. Bipartisan support is also expected for post-sentence preventative detention for high-risk jailed terrorists.

SUPERANNUATION

* Labor is willing to play ball on some aspects of the 2016 budget savings, but wants to ensure no retrospectivity or impact on semi-retired people with modest incomes. Turnbull will need to stare down some disgruntled coalition MPs as well. Treasurer Scott Morrison says if MPs want changes they must suggest savings to make up the difference.

WORKPLACE RELATIONS

* Three bills are proposed: restoring the building industry watchdog, tougher penalties for union corruption and protecting volunteers following the CFA dispute in Victoria. The first two are double-dissolution triggers and can be brought to a joint sitting of both houses if they fail again. Depending on the final Senate numbers, Turnbull could have One Nation, Nick Xenophon Team, Derryn Hinch, Family First and Liberal Democrats on side for amended versions of these bills.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

* Turnbull must legislate for the plebiscite. Labor wants a parliamentary vote on the issue, especially given the timeline for a national vote has blown out to 2017. But faced with the prospect of no action over the next three years or a plebiscite, there will be immense pressure to back the bill to allow a national vote, although Bill Shorten has indicated they might resist.

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

* Coalition is proposing a new scheme, Youth Jobs PaTH. Labor also proposes a revamped scheme for young jobless based on employer subsidies. Given the gravity of the unemployment rate, compromise is possible.

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