Federal parliament returns after break

Paul Osborne
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* House and Senate sitting from Tuesday to Thursday

* Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese have reshuffled their front bench teams since parliament rose in December

* Coronvirus pandemic continues, meaning some restrictions apply in Parliament House, but there have been no local cases in Australia for a fortnight

* Church service to be held in Canberra on Tuesday morning to open the parliamentary year

* Labor is set to pursue the government over its handling of the JobKeeper wage subsidy rollout and its lack of commitment to ambitious action on climate change

* Government legislation in the Senate dealing with home care payment system, native title, mandatory credit reporting, higher education, redress scheme, radioactive waste management

* Legislation in the House: aged care serious incident response scheme, banking royal commission measures, freedom of speech in universities, Clean Energy Finance Corporation grid reliability fund

* Senate inquiry report to be presented on issues facing diaspora communities in Australia

* Condolence motion on Tuesday over the death of former governor general Michael Jeffery

* Just after parliament rises, economics committee on Friday will quiz Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe