Australia

Morrison govt to outline expanded agenda

The Morrison government's broader agenda will be outlined when parliament re-opens this week. (AAP)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says an expanded environmental agenda will be part of the coalition's plans when parliament opens for its next term.

The Morrison government's immediate focus may be on shepherding its tax cuts through parliament but the prime minister is looking at a broader agenda he hopes will get the economy moving.

Scott Morrison's grand plan for Australia will be unveiled by new Governor-General David Hurley at parliament's opening on Tuesday, a day after he officially becomes head of state.

"The opening of parliament is about setting out your agenda and that will be set out clearly in the speech the governor-general reads out on Tuesday," he told AAP on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka.

That speech will include an expansion of the coalition's environmental agenda.

The party has been criticised for dragging its feet in this area and a spate of its blue-ribbon Liberal seats came under threat from climate-conscious independents in the May election, although ultimately only new Warringah MP Zali Steggall was successful.

Mr Morrison's broader agenda to get the sluggish economy moving again spans skills, deregulation, industrial relations, economic digitisation, liberalisation of financial services, and increased competition.

But he ruled out the return of the red tape reduction days Tony Abbott imposed on parliament twice a year as prime minister.

Instead, he intends a more bespoke approach.

"This is sort of looking, okay, we want to build a road from A to B, what are the things that are going to potentially frustrate or slow that project down," he told AAP.

"Identify them (in) quite a surgical way and then set about knocking those obstacles out of the way."

He described Mr Abbott's red tape bonfires as a "supply side approach".

"This is looking at it much more from a demand point of view and (examining) sectoral investments that are made, whether it's biomedics or infrastructure or resource projects, and working out quite clinically, where the changes need to be made."

While Tuesday's events will be largely ceremonial, Mr Morrison is expecting his $158 billion package of tax cuts to be waved through the lower house.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese offered on Saturday that Labor MPs would be willing to return to the chamber after the formal ceremonies at the governor-general's residence to consider the tax legislation.

Asked if he'd take up that offer, Mr Morrison said he had thought that arrangement was already in place as part of a deal to allow Wednesday's parliamentary time to be devoted to condolences for late prime minister Bob Hawke.

"Doing that meant that we would ensure that we got our legislation through the house and in a position to be in the Senate on Thursday morning to enable its passing," he told AAP.

"The government's been driving that agenda. I'm pleased that they're supporting it."

Whenever it's debated, Labor is still not fully on board with the government's plan.

Caucus is expected to endorse on Monday the shadow cabinet's decision to allow the first stage to pass and bring forward the second.

But the opposition has reserved its position on the third and final stage of the cuts, which won't come into effect until 2024/25.

With the government refusing to split the package, it will need the help of four crossbench senators to secure the bill's passage.

A late-night sitting on Thursday looms as a possibility, which could drag into the early hours of Friday, with government senators told to hold off on making travel plans.

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