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Title

  • Resolutions of the Senate National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2); Consideration of Senate Message
  • Resolutions of the Senate - National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2); Consideration of Senate Message - Speed things along

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>I have received the following message from the Senate:</p>
  • <p class="italic">The Senate transmits to the House of Representatives the following resolution which was agreed to by the Senate this day:</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/debate/?id=2020-06-16.11.1) "*That the question be now put.*" This is parliamentary jargon for ending debate and voting on the question immediately.
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate&#8212;</p>
  • <p class="italic">(a) notes that:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(i) the Senate passed the Australian Greens' National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) on 9 September 2019 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;</p>
  • <p class="italic">(ii) the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) was sent to the House of Representatives for debate on 10 September 2019, but has yet to be debated;</p>
  • <p class="italic">(iii) on 10 February 2020, the Senate resolved to call on the House to vote on the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2);</p>
  • <p class="italic">(iv) the Government ignored this call and has prevented all attempts to debate and vote on the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) in the House;</p>
  • <p class="italic">(v) public consultation on the Commonwealth Integrity Commission model proposed by the Government ended nearly eighteen months ago, but the Government has yet to introduce legislation to establish an integrity commission;</p>
  • <p class="italic">(vi) in May 2020, the Attorney-General said that legislation to establish a Commonwealth Integrity Commission would be further delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite an exposure draft being "ready for release"; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(vii) polls consistently show that the majority of Australians support the establishment of a strong national integrity body; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) calls on the Federal Government to bring on the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) in the House for a vote in the June 2020 sittings. The Senate requests the concurrence of the House of Representatives in this resolution.</p>
  • <p class="italic">The Senate requests the concurrence of the House of Representatives in this resolution.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Christian Porter</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the message be considered at the next sitting.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Adam Bandt</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That all words after 'That' be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: 'the message be considered immediately'.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>The Leader of the Greens will resume his seat.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Christian Porter</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the question be now put.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>The Leader of the Greens.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Adam Bandt</p>
  • <p>I was able to move the amendment&#8212;</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>The Leader of the Greens will resume his seat. We've been over this a number of times. The question before the House is the question moved by the Leader of the House. You had moved an amendment. Until such time as it is has been moved, seconded and stated, it is not the question before the House. It's well documented in <i>Practice</i>; I'm very happy to give the Leader of the Greens a copy of the pages. The question is that the motion be put.</p>