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The day in federal parliament

AAP logoAAP 11/10/2016

THE DAY IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

* MPs continue debate on enabling legislation for a same-sex marriage plebiscite, despite its almost certain defeat in the Senate.

* Senators vote on an increase in the threshold for the second highest personal income tax rate.

* Government introduces bills for its revised backpacker tax and a $5 increase in the departure tax.

* Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong addresses a joint sitting of both houses at 10.45am.

* The argy-bargy of parliament - aka question time - begins at 2pm in both the House of Reps and Senate.

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS

* Terrorists could soon have the ability to break into secure Australian government networks, warns a new report.

* A major report calls for indigenous health services to become the primary providers of mental health care in the face of record suicide levels in remote Australia.

* The government will turn to the private sector to help slash the $4 billion bill for the public service.

* Turnbull holds firm on a same-sex marriage plebiscite even though it faces defeat in the Senate.

* Farmers are furious Labor has delayed passage of the backpacker tax by initiating a Senate inquiry.

* The Senate looks set to hold an inquiry into the use of drones, which will examine air safety and the role remotely piloted aircraft can play in industries such as agriculture.

WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA

* House of Reps: Government introduces new legislation for backpacker tax; increase in the departure tax; foreign ownership of farmland; war crimes amendments. Address by Singapore PM at 10.45am. Debate continues on same-sex marriage plebiscite.

* Senate: Vote on government legislation increasing the threshold for the second-highest personal income tax rate from $80,001 to $87,000.

* Elsewhere: Malcolm Turnbull holds talks with Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong; the High Court rules on challenge to post-parliamentary entitlements including gold travel pass in case brought by four retired MPs

WHAT BOTH SIDES WANT TO SPIN

* Coalition: We are getting on with the job of delivering the national economic plan that was endorsed by the Australian people at the July election. Delivery is our mission in this term of government.

* Labor: So, what about the Medicare rebate freeze and your promise that no Australian will pay more to see a doctor?

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"The thing that's changed is the politics. The Labor Party is not so much interested in same-sex couples being able to marry as they are in wringing every ounce of political gain out of this debate." - Malcolm Turnbull wonders out loud why Bill Shorten has changed his mind on a plebiscite.

"This is too important an issue for Labor folly, indulgence and inconsistency." - Foreign Minister Julie Bishop chides the opposition over its plan to allow the military to decide whether to conduct freedom-of-navigation exercises within disputed areas of the South China Sea.

TWEETED

Wayne Swann@SwannyQld: "Turnbull's offence - impersonating a prime minister."

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