How John Faulkner voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should create a national integrity commission similar to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to detect, investigate and prevent corruption across all Commonwealth departments and agencies

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13th Aug 2009, 9:53 AM – Senate Motions - Establish an Anti-Corruption Commission

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The majority voted against a motion that asked the Rudd Government to consider establishing a National Anti-Corruption and Integrity Commission, which means it failed.

The motion was introduced by Greens Senator Bob Brown.

Family First Senator Steve Fielding noted that there is already an Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, known as ACLEI. However Senator Brown responded that:

ACLEI does not cover the bureaucracy at large. It does not cover the parliament and it does not cover the matters that the public would want to see it cover. Part of our proposal is a request to the government to expand the functions of that organisation so it does cover the areas that, for example, the crime and anticorruption commissions in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.

Read the whole debate for more details.

Wording of the motion

That the Senate calls on the Rudd Government to consider the establishment of a National Anti-Corruption and Integrity Commission which has the powers of a standing Royal Commission and the purview to detect, investigate and prevent corruption across all Commonwealth departments and agencies, the activities of Federal Parliament, Federal parliamentarians and Federal law enforcement agencies.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

How "never voted" is worked out

Normally a person's votes count towards a score which is used to work out a simple phrase to summarise their position on a policy. However in this case John Faulkner was absent during all divisions for this policy. So, it's impossible to say anything concrete other than that they have "never voted" on this policy.