The Prime Minister has announced that the next Budget will be delivered on 2 April 2019.
The significance of this date is that it is expected that a Commonwealth Government election will be called shortly after.
If this is correct then there are only 6 sitting days left for Parliament this year (28-29 November and 3-6 December 2018) and 2-3 weeks in February and March 2019 before the election.
This leaves the following unfinished business (as well as many other bills and proposals) for this Parliament which now has a minority Government:
Bills not passed
- Treasury Laws Amendment (Design and Distribution Obligations and Product Intervention Powers) Bill 2018;
- National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Mandatory Comprehensive Credit Reporting) Bill 2018;
- Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) Bill 2017;
- Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017;
- Modern Slavery Bill 2018;
- Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 4) Bill 2018.
Drafts and consultations
- Open banking (consumer data right);
- Unfair insurance contract terms;
- Small amount credit contracts and consumer lease changes;
- Mutual entities.
And the response to the Final Report of the Financial Services Royal Commission (due on 1 February 2019).