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Title

  • Government Accountability and Transparency
  • Motions - Government Accountability and Transparency - Canadian bill

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Andrew Murray</p>
  • <p>by leave&#8212;I move the motion as amended:</p>
  • <dl><dt></dt><dd>That the Senate&#8212;<dl><dt>(a)</dt><dd>notes:<dl><dt>(i)</dt><dd>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,</dd><dt>(ii)</dt><dd>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</dd><dt>(iii)</dt><dd>that the Canadian bill addresses issues which include:<dl><dt>(a)</dt><dd>Transparency of donations;</dd><dt>(b)</dt><dd>Truth in budgeting;</dd><dt>(c)</dt><dd>Protection of whistleblowers;</dd><dt>(d)</dt><dd>Strengthening the role of the Auditor-General and the role of the Ethics Commissioner; and</dd><dt>(e)</dt><dd>Restrictions on Ministers, ministerial staffers and senior public servants engaging in lobbying after leaving office.</dd></dl></dd></dl></dd><dt>(b)</dt><dd>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.</dd></dl></dd></dl><p>Question put.</p>
  • The majority voted against a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2007-02-08.32.2) introduced by Australian Democrats Senator [Andrew Murray](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/wa/andrew_murray) (WA), which means it was unsuccessful.
  • ### What was the motion?
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • > *(a) notes:*
  • >> *(i) 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,*
  • >> *(ii) 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*
  • >> *(iii) that the Canadian bill addresses issues which include:*
  • >>> *(a) Transparency of donations;*
  • >>> *(b) Truth in budgeting;*
  • >>> *(c) Protection of whistleblowers;*
  • >>> *(d) Strengthening the role of the Auditor-General and the role of the Ethics Commissioner; and*
  • >>> *(e) Restrictions on Ministers, ministerial staffers and senior public servants engaging in lobbying after leaving office.*
  • > *(b) 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.*