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The day in federal parliament

AAP logoAAP 12/09/2016

TODAY IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

* It's Tuesday, and that means partyroom meetings where MPs pretend to listen attentively to their leaders, raise issues important to them and decide where they stand on legislation.

* MPs debate and might vote on some of the bills the government introduced in the first week of sittings. Senators get around to debating legislation sent to the upper house from "that other place" aka the House of Representatives.

* Question time in both chambers 2pm (AEST).

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS

* The government plans to hold a plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage on February 11. The yes and no campaign will each receive $7.5 million in public funding. The Labor caucus is expected to confirm its opposition to the plebiscite.

* The $4-a-week energy supplement is likely to stay in place as the government and Labor negotiate $6 billion in budget savings. An announcement about a deal between the two parties could be made as early as Tuesday.

* The latest Newspoll shows voter support for the coalition and Labor tied at 50 per cent; Malcolm Turnbull holds a 12 point lead over Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister.

* Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello says the mining industry has been treated shabbily in Australia.

* The cost of stopping the boats has been calculated at more than $9.6 billion since 2013.

WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA

* House of Reps: An excise hike on tobacco, taking the cost of a packet of cigarettes to $40 within four years; increasing the threshold for the second-highest income tax bracket; protecting emergency workers from dodgy workplace deals.

* Senate: At last, the chance to debate government legislation that has cleared the lower house. Pity it's about two bills - one about registering the deaths of Australians overseas and another for agriculture levies - Labor supports.

WHAT BOTH SIDES WANT TO SPIN * The coalition: We are creating greater economic security for Australians and their families - just have a look at the latest growth figures, a drop in the jobless numbers and rising exports.

* Labor: Can Malcolm Turnbull talk for three minutes about his first-year achievements. Not a chance.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"It reminds of the famous American gangster John Dillinger, when asked why he robs banks said that was where the money is." - Malcolm Turnbull lampoons embattled Labor senator Sam Dastyari.

"It's hard enough being a teenager, it's particularly hard being a teenager who's coming out." - Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek on the dangers posed by a same-sex marriage plebiscite.

"I will not stand by and listen to the nonsense that was visited upon this parliament by this man." - Liberal senator Chris Back takes aim at Derryn Hinch.

HA, HA!

"I'm asking you questions and it would be good to get some substantive answers." - Radio National's Hamish Macdonald tries his best against Finance Minister Mathias "Stonewall" Cormann.

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