Senate debates

Monday, 16 June 2014


Note Printing Australia; Order for the Production of Documents

5:51 pm

Photo of Scott LudlamScott Ludlam (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

At the request of Senator Milne, I move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Cormann), no later than 5 pm on 7 July 2014, only those sections related to former board member Mr Dick Warburton in the report prepared by KPMG for the Reserve Bank of Australia, that inquired into his conduct as a board member of Note Printing Australia in relation to allegations of foreign bribery.

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Photo of Stephen ParryStephen Parry (Tasmania, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Leave is granted for one minute.

Photo of Scott LudlamScott Ludlam (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

The government has not sought the report that the RBA commissioned KPMG to undertake to find out how the board of Note Printing Australia came to be embroiled in an international bribery scandal, either before or since Mr Dick Warburton was announced chair of the renewable energy target review. It may be that Mr Warburton is entirely blameless and innocent in this matter but, given the gravity of the review task that he is undertaking, you would think it would make sense, if the government wanted to clear his name and, indeed, if Mr Warburton wanted to clear his name, to put the material from KPMG, just as it relates to his specific case, into the public domain. It is extraordinary and, I guess, understandable that the government would be choosing not to have this material put to the parliament and the public, but it is unbelievable that the Labor Party is choosing to support them.

Mr Warburton has no expertise in the energy market. His climate denial does not qualify him to be able to discern fact from fiction, and he has a cloud hanging over his head because of his time at the NPA board. It is time that this was cleared up. (Time expired)

Question negatived.