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Parliament starts after four-month hiatus

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016 Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer

Parliament starts after four-month hiatus © Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg Parliament starts after four-month hiatus Senators and MPs of the 45th parliament will be sworn in on Tuesday ahead of what is expected to be an eventful second term of coalition government.

Almost four months since the election was called, the government will seek parliament's support to pass budget savings, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described as a "fundamental moral challenge".

Bill Shorten has urged the government to adopt Labor's $80 billion in savings, promising to be co-operative but keep the coalition to account on issues such as Medicare, school funding, same-sex marriage and a banking royal commission.

The first day of a three-day sitting will be taken up by an indigenous welcome to country and a speech by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove among other formalities.

Then on Wednesday it will be down to business with the introduction of the first of 26 bills approved by the coalition joint party room meeting on Monday and the first question times in the lower house and Senate.

The government has prioritised its budget bills as well as the two double dissolution triggers - reinstating the building industry watchdog and introducing tougher penalties for union corruption.

If the triggers fail again, the government proposes to hold a joint sitting of the two houses to pass the laws.

The coalition enters the new parliament with 76 seats in the lower house to Labor's 69, with five MPs on the crossbench.

It's a different story in the Senate, where the coalition holds 30 seats and will need nine votes to pass laws.

That means negotiating with 26 Labor senators, nine Greens and 11 crossbenchers.

Over coming sitting weeks, controversial first speeches will be delivered by the likes of Pauline Hanson, whose One Nation party won four Senate seats, and former broadcaster Derryn Hinch who won a Senate seat for Victoria.

After three days of sittings the prime minister will jet off to China for the G20 leaders' summit, followed by the East Asia Summit in Laos and the Pacific Islands Forum in Micronesia.

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