Senate debates

Thursday, 8 February 2007

Government Accountability and Transparency

10:31 am

Photo of Andrew MurrayAndrew Murray (WA, Australian Democrats) Share this | Hansard source

by leave—I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—
that the Canadian Government has delivered on its commitment to make government more accountable through the Federal Accountability Act, which received Royal Assent on 12 December 2006,
that through this Act and the associated Action Plan, specific measures will be introduced to help strengthen accountability and increase transparency and oversight in government operations, and
that the Canadian bill addresses issues which include:
Transparency of donations;
Truth in budgeting;
Protection of whistleblowers;
Strengthening the role of the Auditor-General and the role of the Ethics Commissioner; and
Restrictions on Ministers, ministerial staffers and senior public servants engaging in lobbying after leaving office.
and calls on the Australian Government to consider whether the existing legislative framework in Australia adequately addresses these issues in the interests of Australian democracy.

Question put.


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