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Threats of drought and terror on agenda

By AAP Newswire

Propping up farmers and pushing out terrorists are top of the Morrison government's agenda for the first full sitting week of the new parliament.

The coalition is calling on Labor to back its two major pieces of legislation.

On Monday, it will reintroduce a bid to set up a Future Drought Fund with $3.9 billion for drought-proofing projects.

The fund has already been knocked down once by Labor, which takes issue with the government's plan to take the cash for it away from an existing infrastructure kitty.

"Provide the funding - with appropriations, as you should - and we'll back it," Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese told the prime minister, and a large audience, at a bush summit this week.

Scott Morrison argues his government has a $100 billion infrastructure plan and no one will miss out if this money is shunted around.

On another major front, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is also heaping pressure on Labor to back new laws that would block Australians who have been fighting with terror groups overseas from returning home for two years.

With 230 Australians having travelled to Syria or Iraq - and about 80 still active - authorities say they need the new powers to keep track of such individuals and manage their returns.

Centre Alliance, which holds two crossbench votes in the Senate, says it still holds serious concerns about the laws and they need further parliamentary scrutiny.

"No one should be rushing to pass flawed legislation, especially when the bill deals with national security and fundamental rights of Australian citizens," the party's Rex Patrick said on Friday.

Australia's treatment of refugees is also likely to be in the spotlight, with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape visiting for the week.

He has demanded a deadline for the end of the offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus Island after six years, and his government has also taken issue in recent weeks at the Australian handling of contracts in the immigration centres.

He'll meet Mr Morrison and Mr Albanese on Monday.

Personal moments during the week are likely to be provided with the first speeches of new senators and MPs, who will take the opportunity to reflect on what has brought them to parliament and what they want to achieve.

Among them is Labor's member for Dunkley Peta Murphy, who has just been diagnosed with a second bout of cancer.