10th May 2017, 5:19 PM – Senate Motions - Public Interest Journalism - Create Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism
Motions like these don't have legal force but can be influential since they represent the will of the Senate.
(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism, be established to inquire into and report on:
(a) the current state of public interest journalism in Australia and around the world, including the role of government in ensuring a viable, independent and diverse service;
(b) the adequacy of current competition and consumer laws to deal with the market power and practices of search engines, social media aggregators and content aggregators, and their impact on the Australian media landscape;
(c) the impact on public interest journalism of search engines and social media internet service providers circulating fake news, and an examination of counter measures directed at online advertisers, 'click-bait' generators and other parties who benefit from disinformation;
(d) the future of public and community broadcasters in delivering public interest journalism, particularly in underserviced markets like regional Australia, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities;
(e) examination of 'fake news', propaganda, and public disinformation, including sources and motivation of fake news in Australia, overseas, and the international response; and
(f) any related matters.
(2) That the committee present its final report on or before 7 December 2017.
(3) That the committee consist of seven senators, as follows:
(a) two nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;
(b) two nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate;
(c) one nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens;
(d) one nominated by the Nick Xenophon Team; and
(e) one nominated by minority party and independent senators.
(a) participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator; and
(b) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee.
(5) That the provisions of standing order 29 apply with respect to quorum.
(6) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.
(7) That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and as deputy chair the member nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens.
(8) That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.
(9) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.
(10) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.
(11) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of three or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.
(12) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.
(13) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.
Votes Passed by a small majority
Nobody rebelled against their party.
|Cory Bernardi SA Australian Conservatives||No|
|Australian Greens (100% turnout)||9 Yes – 0 No|
|Richard Di Natale Victoria||Yes|
|Sarah Hanson-Young SA||Yes|
|Scott Ludlam WA||Yes|
|Nick McKim Tasmania||Yes|
|Lee Rhiannon NSW||Yes|
|Janet Rice Victoria||Yes|
|Rachel Siewert WA||Yes|
|Larissa Waters Queensland||Yes|
|Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania||Yes|
|Australian Labor Party (80% turnout)||20 Yes – 0 No|
|Carol Brown Tasmania||Yes|
|Kim Carr Victoria||Yes|
|Anthony Chisholm Queensland||Yes|
|Jacinta Collins Victoria||Yes|
|Sam Dastyari NSW||Yes|
|Patrick Dodson WA||Yes|
|Katy Gallagher ACT||Yes|
|Chris Ketter Queensland||Yes|
|Kimberley Kitching Victoria||Yes|
|Sue Lines WA||Yes|
|Jenny McAllister NSW||Yes|
|Malarndirri McCarthy NT||Yes|
|Claire Moore Queensland||Yes|
|Helen Polley Tasmania||Yes|
|Louise Pratt WA||Yes|
|Lisa Singh Tasmania||Yes|
|Glenn Sterle WA||Yes|
|Anne Urquhart Tasmania||Yes|
|Murray Watt Queensland||Yes|
|Penny Wong SA||Yes|
|Catryna Bilyk Tasmania||Absent|
|Doug Cameron NSW||Absent|
|Don Farrell SA||Absent|
|Alex Gallacher SA||Absent|
|Gavin Marshall Victoria||Absent|
|Deborah O'Neill NSW||Absent|
|Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party||No|
|Derryn Hinch Victoria Derryn Hinch's Justice Party||Yes|
|Sue Lines WA Deputy President||Absent|
|Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Independent||Yes|
|Lucy Gichuhi SA Independent||Absent|
|David Leyonhjelm NSW Liberal Democratic Party||Absent|
|Liberal National Party (100% turnout)||0 Yes – 2 No|
|Matthew Canavan Queensland||No|
|James McGrath Queensland||No|
|Liberal Party (81% turnout)||0 Yes – 17 No|
|Eric Abetz Tasmania||No|
|Christopher Back WA||No|
|Simon Birmingham SA||No|
|David Bushby Tasmania||No|
|Michaelia Cash WA||No|
|Jonathon Duniam Tasmania||No|
|David Fawcett SA||No|
|Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW||No|
|Mitch Fifield Victoria||No|
|Jane Hume Victoria||No|
|Ian Macdonald Queensland||No|
|James Paterson Victoria||No|
|Linda Reynolds WA||No|
|Anne Ruston SA||No|
|Scott Ryan Victoria||No|
|Zed Seselja ACT||No|
|Arthur Sinodinos NSW||No|
|George Brandis Queensland||Absent|
|Mathias Cormann WA||Absent|
|Marise Payne NSW||Absent|
|Dean Smith WA||Absent|
|National Party (75% turnout)||0 Yes – 3 No|
|Fiona Nash NSW||No|
|Barry O'Sullivan Queensland||No|
|John Williams NSW||No|
|Bridget McKenzie Victoria||Absent|
|Nick Xenophon Team (100% turnout)||3 Yes – 0 No|
|Stirling Griff SA||Yes|
|Skye Kakoschke-Moore SA||Yes|
|Nick Xenophon SA||Yes|
|Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout)||0 Yes – 4 No|
|Brian Burston NSW||No|
|Peter Georgiou WA||No|
|Pauline Hanson Queensland||No|
|Malcolm Roberts Queensland||No|
|Stephen Parry Tasmania President||No|
|Totals (83% turnout)||34 Yes – 29 No|
Turnout is the percentage of members eligible to vote that did vote.