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The day in federal parliament

AAP logoAAP 16/10/2016

TODAY IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

* The House of Representatives only is sitting this week.

* The Senate is conducting budget estimates hearings all week.

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS

* New laws to allow terrorists to be stripped of their Australian citizenship are set to be tested in court. A dual-national terrorist is facing prosecution this year, but an immediate High Court challenge is expected.

* Malcolm Turnbull will seek to switch the government's focus to industrial relations this week by linking one of the bills he used to call the July election to Labor's latest Senate recruit.

* Support for Pauline Hanson's One Nation party has risen fourfold across the nation since the election, Newspoll finds.

* Laws protecting Victorian CFA volunteers engaged in a long-running dispute with the firefighters union will be challenged in the High Court. Changes to the Fair Work Act cleared parliament last week as the Turnbull government delivered on its election promise to intervene in the dispute.

* ACT Labor has won another four years in power after the Canberra Liberals failed to convince territory voters to change government. While a final result won't be known for another week, Labor is in a position to form minority government with the support of the Greens.

WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA

* House of Reps: MPs debate the backpacker tax changes; a $5 increase in the international departure tax; enabling legislation for the same-sex marriage plebiscite.

* Senate: Not sitting. Senate committees are conducting budget estimates hearings. Today they'll cover the portfolios of environment and energy; parliament prime minister and cabinet; immigration and border protection; infrastructure and regional development.

WHAT BOTH SIDES WANT TO SPIN

* Coalition: We're getting on with the job of delivering a national economic plan that boosts growth and jobs, and improves the living standards of of every Australian and secures the future for our children and our grandchildren.

* Labor: They're dreaming. If the first 10 sitting days are any guide then this is a government that's not counting up its days, this is a government in countdown.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"I don't want them here." - One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says of the immediate family of anyone stripped of citizenshIp under new terror laws.

TWEETED @Darren Chester MP: "It's apparently 'National Nutrition Week': I could learn something here!"

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