Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison are expected agree on getting tax cuts through when parliament sits.Small business tax cuts and protecting LGBT students from being excluded by religious schools are two issues tipped to evoke rare displays of bipartisanship when federal parliament resumes.
After three weeks away from Canberra, the government and Labor will agree this week on fast-tracking a new 25 per cent corporate tax rate for businesses with turnovers under $50 million.
The draft laws are expected to be presented to parliament mid-week.
Both sides of the house are also eager to ensure religious schools can’t discriminate against LGBTI students.
A controversial review of religious freedoms, led by former Liberal minister Philip Ruddock, has recommended allowing religious schools to discriminate against students on the basis of their sexuality.
But Mr Morrison revealed on Saturday the government would reject the advice, opting instead to strengthen discrimination laws to remove any opportunity for schools to discriminate.
The coalition is working on amendments it plans to make law within the next two weeks.
Mr Shorten wrote to the prime minister on Friday, offering his support for changes to the Sex Discrimination Act.
But he wants to view the religious freedoms review in full, with its recommendations only made public after being leaked to the media.
The Greens want an amendment that would also protect LGBT teachers, an issue Labor thinks should be discussed.
Despite some expected displays of bipartisanship, the opposition will press the government on school and hospital funding and the coalition’s commitment to further big business tax cuts.
The My Health Record system will return to the spotlight with Labor pushing for further changes to ensure private health insurers can never get their hands on its data.
Labor will also seek changes to better protect the privacy of employees and women fleeing domestic violence.
The October 20 by-election in Malcolm Turnbull’s former Sydney seat of Wentworth will loom large, with Liberal candidate Dave Sharma facing off against independent Kerryn Phelps.
Polls show the race is extremely close, with a loss for the government a threat to its one-seat majority.