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The day in federal parliament

AAP logoAAP 7/11/2016

TODAY IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

* Both the House of Representatives and Senate are sitting.

* 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.

* The government will need crossbench support for its media reforms after Labor labelled the proposals piecemeal and short-sighted.

* Question time in both houses at 2pm (AEDT).

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS

* Marriage equality may not be realised until after the next election following the Senate's rejection of a plebsicite on the issue.

* Labor will propose steeper cuts to generous superannuation tax concessions, reducing the government's $100,000 annual post-tax contributions limit to $75,000.

* A Liberal MP argues changes to race hate speech laws could alarm minority groups.

* Labor has indicated it will oppose the government's reforms to broadcast media ownership rules.

* Labor increases its lead - 53-47 per cent - over the coalition in the latest Newspoll. Malcolm Turnbull leads Bill Shorten 42-32 per cent as preferred prime minister.

* Productivity Commission warns Australia's high living standard is under threat unless action is taken.

* Australia's intelligence agencies are to be reviewed to ensure they can meet current and future challenges.

WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA

* House of Reps: The government introduces a bill that imposes a lifetime visa ban on asylum seekers using people smugglers; MPs debate Youth Jobs Path program.

* Senate: Debate on changes to the vocational education and training loans scheme.

* Elsewhere: Labor Senate leader Penny Wong addresses the National Press Club 12.30pm.

COMPETING ARGUMENTS

* What the coalition wants to spin: Labor in government utterly failed in its fundamental duty to Australians to keep the nation secure by making the country's borders porous.

* What Labor prefers to talk about: The prime minister should be condemned for inflicting chaos on the parliament and the country.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"This is not where the fight for marriage equality ends." - Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek.

"If you did a ranking of the top 10 (issues), and I'm used to rankings and top 10s, it wouldn't be in the top 100." - Liberal backbencher John Alexander, a former pro tennis player, on calls for changes to race hate speech laws.

TWEETED

@HumanHeadline (Derryn Hinch): Proud to vote down the Plebiscite. Now let's aim for free vote and use $160m for RC into Family Court, child welfare and foster care.

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