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senate vote 2014-09-30#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-11-13 14:30:06

Title

  • Committees - Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration - Establish Select Committee
  • Committees - Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration - Create a select committee

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-09-30.104.3) to establish a Select Committee on certain aspects of Queensland government administration, which was introduced by Palmer United Party Senator [Glenn Lazarus](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/members/senate/queensland/glenn_lazarus). Read the [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-09-30.104.3) for details about what the committee will be examining.
  • The majority want to [create](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-09-30.104.3) a [select committee](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Senate_committees#Select_committees) on certain aspects of Queensland government administration, which was proposed by Palmer United Party Senator [Glenn Lazarus](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/members/senate/queensland/glenn_lazarus).
  • _Background to the motion_
  • ###What will the committee do?
  • This is the second time that Palmer United Party Senator [Glenn Lazarus](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/members/senate/queensland/glenn_lazarus) has introduced a motion to establish a [select committee](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Senate_committees#Select_committees) on certain aspects of the Queensland government administration that relate to Commonwealth government affairs. The motion sets the period of time to be covered by the inquiry to begin from 26 March 2012, which is when Queensland Premier [Campbell Newman](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campbell_Newman) took up his office.
  • The [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-09-30.104.3) would ask the committee to inquire into and report on:
  • The first time this motion was introduced, on 23 September 2014, it failed after Liberal Senator [Eric Abetz](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/members/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz) successfully amended the period of time covered by the inquiry so that it began from [21 March 2009](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland_state_election,_2009) (see the division on that amendment [here](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/divisions/senate/2014-09-23/5)). This would have included former Premier [Anna Bligh](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Bligh)'s previous Labor government administration into the inquiry. Following this successful amendment, the motion lost the backing of its Labor Party supporters and it was voted down without a division (read more about when a division occurs [here](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/help/faq#division-occur)). Read more about the failure of this first motion on ABC News [here](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-24/palmer-hopeful-despite-failed-bid-for-inquiry-into-newman-govt/5764944).
  • * what the [Queensland Government](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Queensland) has done with funds given to them by the [Federal Government](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Australia) since 26 March 2012 (which is when Premier [Campbell Newman](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campbell_Newman) took up his office);
  • * [judicial independence](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_independence) and [separation of powers](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_powers);
  • * the approval process for development projects related to exporting resources or services;
  • * whether the Queensland Government's policies are consistent with Australia's obligations under [international law](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_international_law), including [environmental law](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_law) and [human rights](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_human_rights_law) instruments; and
  • * how appropriate it is for the Federal [Minister for the Environment](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minister_for_the_Environment_%28Australia%29) to delegate his approval powers to the Queensland Government under the [Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environment_Protection_and_Biodiversity_Conservation_Act_1999).
  • When first introducing his motion, Senator Lazarus explained that he was motivated by the fact that, "[o]ver the last 18 months, serious issues have been raised across the community regarding Queensland government appointments, judicial appointments, project approvals, use of funds, policies and practices, environmental degradation and various other matters" (see [here](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-09-23.96.1) for the full explanation).
  • But! Because of Australia's [federal system of government](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federation_of_Australia), the committee can only look into these things if they in some way relate to the Commonwealth.
  • Senator Lazarus explained that he believed the motion was necessary because "serious issues have been raised across the community regarding Queensland government appointments, judicial appointments, project approvals, use of funds, policies and practices, environmental degradation and various other matters" (see his [full explanation](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-09-23.96.1)).
  • ###Background to the motion
  • This is the second time that Palmer United Party Senator [Glenn Lazarus](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/members/senate/queensland/glenn_lazarus) has introduced this motion. The first time failed because Liberal Senator [Eric Abetz](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/members/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz) managed to [amend](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/divisions/senate/2014-09-23/5) the motion so the period of inquiry would begin from [21 March 2009](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland_state_election,_2009) and therefore include former Labor Premier [Anna Bligh](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Bligh)'s government.
  • Following that successful amendment, the motion lost the Labor Party's support and so was voted down [without a division](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/help/faq#division-occur) (see [ABC News](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-24/palmer-hopeful-despite-failed-bid-for-inquiry-into-newman-govt/5764944)).
senate vote 2014-09-30#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-10-10 14:57:24

Title

  • Committees — Appointment
  • Committees - Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration - Establish Select Committee

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Stephen Parry</p>
  • <p>The question now is that the substantive motion moved by Senator Lazarus to establish a select committee be agreed to.</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-09-30.104.3) to establish a Select Committee on certain aspects of Queensland government administration, which was introduced by Palmer United Party Senator [Glenn Lazarus](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/members/senate/queensland/glenn_lazarus). Read the [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-09-30.104.3) for details about what the committee will be examining.
  • _Background to the motion_
  • This is the second time that Palmer United Party Senator [Glenn Lazarus](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/members/senate/queensland/glenn_lazarus) has introduced a motion to establish a [select committee](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Senate_committees#Select_committees) on certain aspects of the Queensland government administration that relate to Commonwealth government affairs. The motion sets the period of time to be covered by the inquiry to begin from 26 March 2012, which is when Queensland Premier [Campbell Newman](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campbell_Newman) took up his office.
  • The first time this motion was introduced, on 23 September 2014, it failed after Liberal Senator [Eric Abetz](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/members/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz) successfully amended the period of time covered by the inquiry so that it began from [21 March 2009](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland_state_election,_2009) (see the division on that amendment [here](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/divisions/senate/2014-09-23/5)). This would have included former Premier [Anna Bligh](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Bligh)'s previous Labor government administration into the inquiry. Following this successful amendment, the motion lost the backing of its Labor Party supporters and it was voted down without a division (read more about when a division occurs [here](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/help/faq#division-occur)). Read more about the failure of this first motion on ABC News [here](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-24/palmer-hopeful-despite-failed-bid-for-inquiry-into-newman-govt/5764944).
  • When first introducing his motion, Senator Lazarus explained that he was motivated by the fact that, "[o]ver the last 18 months, serious issues have been raised across the community regarding Queensland government appointments, judicial appointments, project approvals, use of funds, policies and practices, environmental degradation and various other matters" (see [here](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-09-23.96.1) for the full explanation).