Australia

First week of the new federal parliament

Federal parliament will sit for the first time since the coalition's surprise election victory, with the government putting tax cuts at the top of its agenda.

THE 46TH FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

* On Tuesday the parliament meets for the first time since the May 18 election, with all 151 lower house MPs and 42 of 76 senators sworn into office.

* The Morrison government goes into the new parliament with 77 seats in the lower house (a majority) and needing four votes to pass legislation in the Senate.

WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA

* New Governor-General David Hurley will be sworn in on Monday before he outlines the government's agenda in a speech to a joint sitting of both houses at 3.50pm on Tuesday.

* Labor caucus to meet on Monday.

* Opening of the 46th parliament on Tuesday.

* Coalition party room to discuss legislation and tactics on Tuesday.

* Election of the Speaker and Senate President. Expected Tony Smith and Scott Ryan will be returned.

* Wednesday will be dedicated to condolences for former prime minister Bob Hawke who died two days before the election.

* The real business of parliament begins on Thursday.

* Coalition priorities are expected to include $158 billion in income tax cuts; laws to force energy companies to drive down prices and ensure reliability; tougher sanctions on rogue unions and union bosses; measures to stop and control foreign fighters returning to Australia; crackdown on farm invaders; repeal of the "medevac" laws.

WHAT BOTH SIDES WANT TO SPIN

* The coalition: It has a mandate to pass its entire tax package which it can afford because of strong economic management.

* Labor: The government hid planned reforms in key policy areas like industrial relations during the election campaign.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (151 seats)

Coalition 77

Labor 68

Greens 1

Centre Alliance 1

Katter's Australian Party 1

Independents 3

SENATE (76 seats)

Coalition 35

Labor 26

Greens 9

One Nation 2

Centre Alliance 2

Independents 1

Jacqui Lambie Network 1

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