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representatives vote 2019-12-02#2

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  • Private Members' Business Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption
  • Private Members' Business - Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption - For bi-partisan support


  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>The question is that the motion moved by the member for Clark be agreed to.</p>
  • The majority voted against a [motion]( introduced by Clark MP [Andrew Wilkie]( (Independent), which means it failed.
  • ### Motion text
  • > *(1)the House notes that:*
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  • >> *(a)over a long time now the behaviour of both major parties has made it abundantly clear that Parliament cannot deal with matters of ministerial integrity, and Australia urgently needs a Federal Integrity Commission;*
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  • >> *(b)Australia needs a strong and independent integrity commission that can launch its own inquiries, hold public hearings, make public findings and examine federal politicians and their staff;*
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  • >> *(c)the scope of this integrity commission must extend beyond criminal offences to a range of corrupt and unethical behaviour including donation-fuelled favouritism, cronyism and the rorting of parliamentary entitlements;*
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  • >> *(d)the Federal Government's proposed National Integrity Commission is half-baked and would be the weakest watchdog in the country with its investigations being held behind closed doors and the results kept secret; and*
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  • >> *(e)the Australian people's trust in members of parliament is at an all-time low and we need to rebuild the culture of integrity in this Parliament because it is essential that the community has faith in the institutions of government;*
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  • > *(2)the House further notes that, in September this year, the Senate passed a bill to establish a federal anti-corruption commission; and*
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  • > *(3)the Members for Clark, Kennedy, Mayo and Melbourne therefore call on the major parties for bipartisan support for a strong, well-funded, wide ranging and independent national integrity commission without delay.*