Thursday, 13 September 2007
Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007
At the end of the motion, add: “but the Senate:
(a) requires the Government to report to the Parliament prior to 31 December 2008 on ways in which review processes can be guaranteed throughout Australia where they are lacking in state or territory legislation; and
(b) should refer the question of ways in which direct democracy can be advanced in Australia to a committee for report by 31 December 2008”.
Mr President, I would like it recorded that the Australian Democrats and the Greens supported that amendment and the major parties opposed it.