Thursday, 28 October 2021
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Prime Minister. If the Prime Minister actually cares about integrity in politics, why won't he refer the member for Pearce to the Privileges Committee, and why won't he establish a national anticorruption commission? Why is the government in favour of voter identification but not donor identification?
Those matters were addressed by the Leader of the House when they were considered before this place. In relation to the referral issues that you've spoken to, the committee is already looking at these matters in the broad, and I think all members of the House will be very much aided by the investigation of those things so that all members of the House can be informed about how they impact on them. In relation to the other matter, we have been working steadfastly on our proposals in these areas. I remember one of the first roles I had in this place was as the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, and the government has always been advocating responsible measures that support our democracy, such as ensuring that voters are properly identified and donations are properly disclosed.