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Minister for sport Anika Wells is off to Qatar for the World Cup.


I will be following the Men’s World Cup keenly and cheering the Socceroos to glory.

I will also be taking every opportunity to promote Australia co-hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup to a global audience of football fans.

The Australian Government is also committed to advancing human rights globally and Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup has provided opportunities to promote meaningful reform in human rights which we hope will continue beyond the tournament.

Major sporting events can be powerful influences for social and cultural change, and I hope that is the case with the FIFA Men’s and Women’s World Cups.

Will the Senate sit later, or for additional days?

Well, the upper house is in charge of its own fate (meaning it would have to vote to agree to it), but Katy Gallagher says “maybe”:

We are looking at extra hours or days in the Senate. Obviously, we can’t do that on our own if we don’t have the majority vote in the Senate.

So we’re negotiating again with the crossbench around that. I think that there is an acknowledgement that it is our job to sit and pass laws. We have a lot of laws to get through. And not a lot of time. So I expect that the Senate will sit additional hours.

But that’s all subject to negotiation, as is everything in the Senate. So there will be lots of that unfolding over the next few days.

I have had a couple of messages from the early birds who work in parliament as they can’t get food or coffee before 7.30am at the trough (the staff cafeteria where, yes, people pay for their food).

There is a lot of outrage in the DMs.

Asked about how the IR negotiations were going, Katy Gallagher says:

My understanding is that Tony Burke continues to talk to all members of the crossbench who are wanting to engage. It’s coming to the Senate. We have a packed fortnight of legislation to get through and it will be a wild ride in the red chamber this fortnight, and looking at how to progress industrial relations is a key priority for the government.

So Tony Burke will continue to talk, to negotiate. I know that the Senate committee will report this week.

I think they’ve got an additional hearing into that bill. Then they’ll report and hopefully we’ll be able to progress the bill in the second week. In the first week we’ve got a whole lot of other legislation to get through.

Finance minister Katy Gallagher told ABC News Breakfast this morning that it was time for the government to look at buy now, pay later schemes:

Well, I think we’ve seen it emerge as a very popular option for people. Buy now, pay later – and that’s a good thing. We want people to have choices. But I think we’re also seeing certainly some pressure on people in terms of getting into serious trouble with schemes like this.

So I think that it is responsible for the government to have a look at how to regulate it or how to put some guardrails around it, make sure that consumers are safe.

And you know, people are starting to see it as a credit card.

Whether or not it should be included under the credit card regulations, so under the credit code, to give people some protections and also put some responsibility back on the providers about ensuring that people are able to afford to get into the contracts that they’re entering into.

Anthony Albanese will start his morning with an address to the International Trade Union Confederation.

It’s a bit of here’s what we’ve done so far. And a bit of a warning.

In the past month, our government has introduced:

New protections against sexual harassment. New measures to improve job security. New initiatives to revitalise bargaining, enhance productivity and get wages moving again.

And a new focus on closing the gender pay gap.

Now, of course, there are those who oppose these changes.

Those who want to stand in the way of this progress.

Those who have an ingrained ideological objection to workers being paid fairly for their contribution, who somehow believe that the only way to grow the economy is to limit opportunity and diminish security.

We know there are always those who say that any improvement in workers pay, any improvement in the status quo, will see the sky fall in.

They say it every time, they are wrong every time.

And we will push ahead like we do, every time.

We know fairness has to be fought for, we know progress has to be earned.

Most of all we know it’s worth it – we know the difference that it makes to people’s lives is worth it.

Good morning

Welcome to the first day of the last sitting fortnight.


There is a chance the Senate will have to sit for another week to get through all the legislation the government wants to pass before the end of the year.

Prime minister Anthony Albanese has given a little bit of leeway by saying if the government misses the end of the year deadline it set itself it is not the end of the world.

It is the IR bill which is the sticking point. The government is still hoping it will get David Pocock over the line for the whole package. Those negotiations are ongoing, and Pocock doesn’t want to be rushed – he has said several times that he wants to get it right. And that might mean waiting until the first sittings next year.

Also on the agenda is the national anti-corruption commission bill, which, now it is back from the joint committee, is about to face a whole heap of amendments. The government has agreed not to rush the debate, or declare it urgent, and that amendments can be moved one by one rather than in blocks. Mark Dreyfus wants the Nacc to be something the whole parliament has had a say in so he is prepared to give a little – but it means it will also take some time.

There is also the territory rights bill, which supporters want to bring to a vote while there is momentum.

All in all, it will be a busy couple of weeks.

In the Senate, the Greens are hoping to make it easier for people on jobseeker to earn a living wage by being able to increase their hours at work without a financial penalty to their social security.

And that’s not counting all the stuff that just pops up.

Katharine Murphy is back from the prime minister’s summit season whirlwind, so she will be able to guide you through the final sitting, with Josh Butler, Paul Karp and Daniel Hurst. You’ll have Amy Remeikis on the blog for most of the day. Mike Bowers is still covering the flood emergency in central western NSW and we will bring you those updates as well.

I am already on my third coffee. It is going to be that sort of week. But it has been that sort of year, so it tracks.


Let’s get into it.

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