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This week in Parliament

Published date: 25 May 2020

26 to 28 May 2020

This week in Parliament is a brief overview of anticipated business and events to be conducted by the House and Select Committees in the coming week.

The Order Paper is similar to an agenda, listing all the business before the House that sitting day. The order of business can change until the final order paper is published at 10:30am on the sitting day.

The Select Committee Schedule of meetings lists all committee business being conducted for the week. Business items displaying an asterisk indicate meetings that are open to the public. The meeting schedule is subject to changes at short notice.

Budget debate

The Budget Debate will continue this week, with 13 hours and 32 minutes remaining. There will be no general debate on Wednesday, due to the continuing Budget debate.

Legislation

Progress will be made on the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Amendment Bill, which has been examined by the Finance and Expenditure Committee. The committee’s report is due back on 25 May 2020.

This bill is one of two bills that are a package to replace the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (No 2) and amend the Overseas Investment Act 2005.

 The Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Amendment Bill contains measures the Government considers need to be put in place urgently, to address the economic effects of COVID-19. It is an omnibus bill, amending a number of Acts to effectively manage possible risks posed by foreign investment, while also supporting productive overseas investment by reducing the regulations that control the screening process.

Read more about the bill, read the report of the Finance and Expenditure Committee when it is published on Tuesday, 25 May and read what the public are saying about the bill.

Select Committee meetings held in public sessions this week

Committee Business
Environment Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill

These meetings will be live streamed. Times and links can be viewed here.