Enter your email to read this article
Read news on any topic, in one place, from publishers like The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more.

Way clear for IR, anti-corruption showdown

The government has paved the way for its IR and national anti-corruption commission bills next week. (Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS) (AAP)

Black Friday's least captivating clearout has paved the way for the government to pass its controversial workplace laws before Christmas.

The government forced a vote on remaining legislation in the Senate on Friday to clear the bills backlog and clean the slate ahead of next week's final sittings for the year.

The clearout included passing laws to incentivise pensioners to downsize and free up housing stock, electric car discounts, biosecurity amendments and sex discrimination laws.

The government's anti-corruption commission and industrial relations laws are expected to come to the Senate next week.

The latter may not even be brought on for debate if the government doesn't have the numbers to pass it, with independent senator David Pocock continuing negotiations over the bill.

Senator Pocock and independent Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie have chastised the government for trying to ram through complicated multi-employer bargaining legislation.

Both have called for more time to consider the impact of the legislation.

Senator Pocock hasn't ruled out pulling support for the bill despite agreeing with 90 per cent of its contents, therefore giving parliament more time to consider what the changes mean for small businesses.

The government needs the vote of either Senator Pocock or Senator Lambie on top of the Greens to pass the legislation.

Laws to establish the national anti-corruption commission are expected to sail through the Senate with the support of the opposition despite a push for crossbench amendments.

The Greens and crossbenchers are unlikely to succeed in their push to lower the threshold for public hearings.

Time has also been put aside on Thursday for laws to remove the handbrake on territories legislating on euthanasia, with debate to go as long as needed before coming to a vote.

Related Stories
Labor rams through bills before Christmas
The Senate will sit for two extra days and for longer to pass all the government's legislation before parliament rises for the final time this year.
From analysis to the latest developments in health, read the most diverse news in one place.
Grattan on Friday: David Pocock has only just arrived in the Senate and now he's negotiating with the PM
He wouldn’t relish the comparison, but at the start of the Albanese government Senate crossbencher David Pocock finds himself with the sort of pivotal power independent Brian Harradine enjoyed during the early Howard years.
What is Albanese trying to achieve by Christmas? Your guide to the last sitting weeks in Canberra
The prime minister has a long list of legislation he wants passed before the end of the year, including a few fairly massive undertakings.
PM tightlipped on workplace law changes
The government is trying to push through its workplace relations legislation before Christmas but is struggling to lock in key crossbench votes.
Territories rights laws to pass next week
Laws overturning a ban on territories legislating on voluntary assisted dying are expected to pass next week after a last-minute hitch in the Senate debate.
One place to find news on any topic, from hundreds of sites.
Calm and collegial?
Labor promised a more respectful, diverse and family-friendly parliament. Has it delivered?