Thursday, 8 February 2007
Government Accountability and Transparency
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.