Senate debates

Thursday, 3 September 2020



11:45 am

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I will move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges that Australia is in recession for the first time in 30 years;

(b) notes that the Government is actively considering bringing forward $48 billion worth of personal income tax cuts in the October Budget that will give even more cash to millionaires and the super wealthy;

(c) recognises that the Government is cutting the Coronavirus Supplement to the JobSeeker Payment by $300 a fortnight on 25 September 2020 and refuses to confirm that the rate of JobSeeker will not return to $40 a day in December; and

(d) calls on the Government to drop planned tax cuts to the wealthy and invest in those on income support and on low incomes.

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.