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The day in federal parliament

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016

TODAY IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

* Both the House of Reps and Senate sit this week and next - the final time in 2016.

* The stalemate over the backpacker tax comes to a head in the Senate after the government lost its bid to increase the international departure tax.

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

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS

* The Turnbull government has been hit by yet another embarrassing parliamentary blunder after a One Nation no show killed off its proposed $5 departure tax hike.

* The government is investing a record $50 billion on national infrastructure over five years to the end of the decade, Malcolm Turnbull will tell parliament on Thursday.

* Labor has accused Peter Dutton of jeopardising the fight against terrorism, as coalition MPs came to the immigration minister's defence.

* There is only one thing standing in the way of a projected balanced budget by 2021 and retaining Australia's triple-A credit rating and it's the Labor party, Treasurer Scott Morrison insists.

* A leaked New South Wales Police report says Defence failed to co-operate with its investigation into the so-called Jedi Council sex scandal.

* Former prime minister Tony Abbott is considering putting pen to paper and writing a sequel to his 2009 book Battlelines, which his publisher says would make the case for the Liberal Party to return to its conservative roots.

* Labor MP Emma Husar has delivered a heartfelt speech to parliament about her struggle with domestic violence for 29 of her 36 years.

WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA

* House of Reps: Government introduces new legislation including for crowd-source funding; regulation of hazardous waste imports and exports; pharmaceutical benefits. MPs debate changes to war crimes laws; civil nuclear transfers to India; country of origin consumer changes. PM to make infrastructure statement at midday.

* Senate: Senators debate private bills on free speech and landholders right to refuse gas and coal exploration. Vote expected on the backpacker tax.

COMPETING ARGUMENTS

* What the coalition wants to spin: We are delivering for the Australian people. We are providing the strong and stable economic leadership Australia needs in this time of great change and even greater opportunity.

* Who Labor wants to pursue: Does the treasurer take any responsibility for placing Australia's AAA credit rating at risk with his chaotic management of the budget?

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"If you want to deal with being overweight, here's a rough suggestion - stop eating so much and do a bit of exercise" - Deputy MP Barnaby Joyce rejects calls for a sugar tax to address obesity.

TWEETED

@TimHammond1: Suggestions for @TonyAbbottMHR and his book sequel : "The Audacity of Nope"

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