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Posted on 01/31/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

Domestic and foreign policy will continue to collide as parliament returns for special sittings to hear from the Chinese and Indian leaders.

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Following on from UK prime minister David Cameron’s speech last Friday, Australia’s politicians will hear from Chinese president Xi Jinping on Monday and India’s prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

The foreign leaders are stopping over in Canberra after attending the G20 meeting at the weekend.

President Xi will become just the second Chinese leader in history to address Australia’s parliament.

He has a busy schedule of meetings with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, federal cabinet, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

It’s widely expected he and Mr Abbott will sign a free trade deal, opening up markets between the countries to leap beyond the $150 billion of business done last year.

Mr Modi will also meet separately with Mr Abbott and the opposition leader.

Senators returning to Canberra for the two speeches will also sit for three days to continue their usual business.

The Senate’s draft program lists a wide range of bills for consideration.

However, senators are unlikely to get through them all as many are contentious, including changes to pensions and higher education.

They’ll also sit in estimates committees on Thursday, replacing hearings postponed when Gough Whitlam died last month.

Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie has promised to vote against all government legislation until ministers reconsider a below-inflation wage deal for Defence personnel.

After exchanging fiery words with party leader Clive Palmer for much of last week, Senator Lambie has indicated her dance card is filling up for the week ahead with other minor party senators keen to talk.

The Senate wrangling will fast bring Mr Abbott back to the realities of domestic politics.

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