And then there were two.
Sitting days that is, as parliament limps to a close for 2020.
But not before there is a rush to the finish line.
Three years after it was first suggested, Josh Frydenberg will introduce the world’s first media bargaining code, in an attempt to have Google and Facebook (it has been limited to those two tech giants for the time being) pay for the news content they use.
The bargaining though, will be up to individual media companies. The government is introducing a framework for the bargaining to take place within. Everything else it is pretty hands-off about.
Christian Porter will also be introducing the IR changes.
Paul Karp has been taking a look at some of the detail:
That bill is shaping up as having a bit of a fight to pass the Senate, so I would expect some amendments to be made to it, before it reaches that stage.
Speaking of the Senate, Labor has plans to move a motion very similar to a Greens one it didn’t support yesterday, asking for clarification over whether or not Scott Morrison will be attending the UK hosted climate ambitions summit on 12 December. Morrison told the parliament last week, in response to a question from Adam Bandt, that he planned on (virtually) attending. Yesterday, Murph and Adam Morton revealed he didn’t actually have a speaking slot as yet. The Greens tried moving a motion on that yesterday, but Labor didn’t support the suspension of standing orders – but yesterday, Labor gave notice it would be moving an almost identical motion on the topic, for today.
Meanwhile, the National Farmers’ Federation has broken its silence on the trade dispute with China. Fiona Simson says the government is right to stand up for Australian values, but is also urging diversification of markets. Without that, production could be cut.
Yesterday ended with the news the biosecurity emergency declaration would be extended until March 2021, which means the international borders stay closed and cruise ships, including those sailing domestically, stay out. The cruise industry had hoped it would have a domestic business open by the end of the year, but that plan has now been scuttled. March is also when the government plans on rolling out the first of the vaccine Australia has secured to the population. And Treasury has made all its estimations on where the economy is headed on the prediction international borders would not open until late next year. The UK began rolling out its vaccine doses yesterday, in a world first using the Pfizer vaccine, but there is still some time to go before immunity reaches levels which means international travel can resume.
And there are still close to 40,000 Australians stranded overseas trying to get home.
We will cover all those issues and more as the day rolls on. You have Mike Bowers, Katharine Murphy, Paul Karp and Daniel Hurst with you, as well as Amy Remeikis and the entire Guardian brains trust.
(It’s shaping up as a five-coffee day. And at least 10 cups of tea. Probably too much chocolate as well.)