3rd Sep 2020, 12:39 PM – Senate Committees - Allocation of Government Grants: Select Committee - Appointment
(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Allocation of Government Grants, be established to inquire into and report on the administration of government grant programs during and after election campaigns, including but not limited to the Community Development Grants, Urban Congestion – Commuter Car Park Fund, Environmental Restoration Grants, and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs and Drought Communities Fund, with particular reference to:
(a) program design and guidelines, including eligibility criteria;
(b) management and assessment processes;
(c) the use of closed grant programs which are not open to public applications, but require nomination by a Minister;
(d) adherence to published assessment processes and program criteria, including the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines;
(e) the relationship between election commitments and grant allocations;
(f) demonstration of value for money;
(g) efforts to influence votes through grant allocation;
(h) the role of Ministers in determining awards of grants;
(i) measures to manage the risk of politicisation of funding outcomes and announcements; and
(j) any related programs or matters.
(2) That the committee present its final report on or before 30 August 2021.
(3) That the committee consist of 6 senators, as follows:
(a) 2 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;
(b) 2 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate;
(c) 1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate; and
(d) 1 nominated by a minority party or independent Senator.
(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;
(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; and
(c) a participating member shall be taken to be a member of a committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of members of the committee is not present.
(5) 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.
(6) That the committee elect as chair the member nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate and as deputy chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
(7) 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.
(8) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.
(9) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.
(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 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.
(12) 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 Not passed
Nobody rebelled against their party.
|Australian Greens (50% turnout)||4 Yes – 0 No|
|Mehreen Faruqi NSW||Yes|
|Sarah Hanson-Young SA||Yes|
|Nick McKim Tasmania||Yes|
|Rachel Siewert WA||Yes|
|Janet Rice Victoria||Absent|
|Jordon Steele-John WA||Absent|
|Larissa Waters Queensland||Absent|
|Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania||Absent|
|Australian Labor Party (64% turnout)||16 Yes – 0 No|
|Tim Ayres NSW||Yes|
|Catryna Bilyk Tasmania||Yes|
|Kim Carr Victoria||Yes|
|Anthony Chisholm Queensland||Yes|
|Don Farrell SA||Yes|
|Katy Gallagher ACT||Yes|
|Nita Green Queensland||Yes|
|Jenny McAllister NSW||Yes|
|Malarndirri McCarthy NT||Yes|
|Deborah O'Neill NSW||Yes|
|Helen Polley Tasmania||Yes|
|Louise Pratt WA||Yes|
|Tony Sheldon NSW||Yes|
|Anne Urquhart Tasmania||Yes|
|Jess Walsh Victoria||Yes|
|Murray Watt Queensland||Yes|
|Carol Brown Tasmania||Absent|
|Raff Ciccone Victoria||Absent|
|Patrick Dodson WA||Absent|
|Alex Gallacher SA||Absent|
|Kristina Keneally NSW||Absent|
|Kimberley Kitching Victoria||Absent|
|Marielle Smith SA||Absent|
|Glenn Sterle WA||Absent|
|Penny Wong SA||Absent|
|Stirling Griff SA Centre Alliance||Yes|
|Rex Patrick SA Centre Alliance||Yes|
|Sam McMahon NT Country Liberal Party||No|
|Sue Lines WA Deputy President||Yes|
|Rex Patrick SA Independent||Absent|
|Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Jacqui Lambie Network||Yes|
|Liberal National Party (50% turnout)||0 Yes – 1 No|
|James McGrath Queensland||No|
|Matthew Canavan Queensland||Absent|
|Liberal Party (66% turnout)||0 Yes – 19 No|
|Alex Antic SA||No|
|Wendy Askew Tasmania||No|
|Michaelia Cash WA||No|
|Richard Colbeck Tasmania||No|
|Mathias Cormann WA||No|
|Jonathon Duniam Tasmania||No|
|David Fawcett SA||No|
|Sarah Henderson Victoria||No|
|Hollie Hughes NSW||No|
|Jane Hume Victoria||No|
|Andrew McLachlan SA||No|
|Matt O'Sullivan WA||No|
|Marise Payne NSW||No|
|Gerard Rennick Queensland||No|
|Linda Reynolds WA||No|
|Anne Ruston SA||No|
|Paul Scarr Queensland||No|
|Zed Seselja ACT||No|
|Dean Smith WA||No|
|Eric Abetz Tasmania||Absent|
|Simon Birmingham SA||Absent|
|Andrew Bragg NSW||Absent|
|Slade Brockman WA||Absent|
|Claire Chandler Tasmania||Absent|
|Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW||Absent|
|Jim Molan NSW||Absent|
|James Paterson Victoria||Absent|
|Amanda Stoker Queensland||Absent|
|David Van Victoria||Absent|
|National Party (67% turnout)||0 Yes – 2 No|
|Perin Davey NSW||No|
|Bridget McKenzie Victoria||No|
|Susan McDonald Queensland||Absent|
|Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (0.0% turnout)||Absent|
|Pauline Hanson Queensland||Absent|
|Malcolm Roberts Queensland||Absent|
|Scott Ryan Victoria President||No|
|Totals (64% turnout)||24 Yes – 24 No|
Turnout is the percentage of members eligible to vote that did vote.