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The day in federal parliament

AAP logoAAP 6/11/2016

THE WEEK AHEAD IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

* The government introduces legislation that bans asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by boat from ever entering the country even if they are found to be genuine refugees and want to come here as tourists.

* A possible Senate vote on the government's planned plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

* Parliament refers to the High Court the eligibility of Family First senator Bob Day and One Nation's Rod Culleton to contest the July 2 election.

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS

* A parliamentary committee will examine what changes could be made to race hate speech laws as the prime minister says the Human Rights Commission has tarnished its credibility in the area.

* The amount of agricultural land owned by Chinese interests has soared above 3 million hectares, more than double the 1.46 million declared by the Australian Taxation Office, according to a Fairfax Media analysis of reported land sales.

* Australia is hailing the promise of streamlined management and accreditation of live cattle exports to Indonesia following trade talks in Sydney.

WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA

* House of Reps: The government rushes in legislation imposing a lifetime visa ban on asylum seekers arriving by boat.

* Senate: A referral to the High Court on the eligibility of two senators to contest the July 2 election; the report of an inquiry into the so-called backpacker tax is expected to be tabled on Monday; debate and possible vote on the same-sex marriage plebiscite.

* Elsewhere: Major One Nation announcement on climate change at 9am on Monday.

WHAT BOTH SIDES WANT TO SPIN

* What the coalition wants to spin: We need to send the clearest possible message to asylum seekers getting on board boats operated by people smugglers - you will never be able to come to Australia.

* What Labor said in response: That's ridiculous.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"I've got my fingers crossed, Hilary wins." - Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on the US presidential election this week.

"I've managed to get through this incredibly long American election campaign without commenting on the competing candidates." - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prefers to defer.

TWEETED @andrewgilesmp: In one breath, our hollowman PM expresses concern for multiculturalism - then talks about watering down hate speech protections.

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