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The day in federal parliament

AAP logoAAP 9/11/2016

TODAY IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

* Australia and nations across the globe come to terms with the reality of a President Donald Trump.

Parliament here looks a bit humdrum by comparison as the sitting week comes to an end.

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

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS

* Defence analysts warn Donald Trump's election and policies may lead to instability in the Asia-Pacific and "radically reshape" Australia's strategic relationship with the United States.

* US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has dashed any remaining hopes the Trans Pacific Partnership, of which Australia is part, will see a vote before Trump takes office in January.

* Unions will push for a national plan and independent body to help workers transition from the coal-fired electricity sector.

* Attorney-General George Brandis has likened a Senate inquiry report which found he misled parliament to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

* A parliamentary inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 election has heard fines for not voting can exceed $300 and the poll itself cost almost $300 million.

* A split has emerged inside the Human Rights Commission over the latest move to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, with Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane not on board with a proposal backed by commission president Gillian Triggs.

* Clive Palmer has returned to Canberra ahead of a High Court challenge to laws that can require people who have not been charged to appear in court and to answer questions.

WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA

* House of Reps: Government introduces new legislation including changes to interactive gambling rules; organ donation and transplantation. MPs resume debate on visa ban on asylum seekers using people smugglers; Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire program.

* Senate: Debate on private legislation: Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill.Vote on non-contentious bills. Debate resumes on overhaul of vocational education and training loans scheme. Today's program is here.

* Elsewhere: Clive Palmer will ask the nation's highest court to declare unconstitutional one of Australia's most powerful weapons against corporate criminals: public examinations.

COMPETING ARGUMENTS

* What the coalition wants to spin: The reality is we stopped the boats; it was our determination to stop the boats that ensured our borders were secure. We ask Labor to do no more than prove again that it's on a unity ticket with us.

* Who Labor wants to pursue: The prime minister, over Attorney-General George Brandis who was pilloried by a Labor-dominated Senate inquiry over his relationship with the solicitor-general.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"It's in our mutual interest to stand together and we'll continue to do so through the Trump presidency and the presidencies that follow it." - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"Race and prejudice were part of it. We mustn't change who we are here." - Labor frontbencher Tony Burke.

"What a wonderful morning" - Conservative Liberal senator Cory Bernardi.

"People around the world are saying 'we've had enough with the major political parties, with the establishment, with the elites, with the chardonnay set." - One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.

TWEETED

@GreenJ: That happened, right?

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