Senate debates

Thursday, 3 September 2020



11:45 am

Photo of Larissa WatersLarissa Waters (Queensland, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

[by video link] In case the email wasn't quite sent in time, I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I will move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) 9 September 2020 marked one year since the Senate passed the Australian Greens' National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) to establish a Federal corruption watchdog with broad remit to investigate allegations of corruption and misconduct, and to ensure strong, independent oversight of the actions of parliamentarians,

  (ii) polls consistently show that the majority of Australians support the establishment of a strong national anti-corruption body,

  (iii) the Government has not brought the Greens' bill on for debate in the House of Representatives, and

  (iv) despite public consultation ending more than 18 months ago, and statements that final legislation was 'imminent', the Government has yet to introduce legislation to establish an integrity commission; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) introduce a bill to establish a strong, independent national integrity commission, and

  (ii) ensure that the 2020-21 Budget allocates adequate funding for the establishment and operation of a national integrity commission.


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