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Thursday, 21 June 2007
Page: 161

Senator COLBECK (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (6:21 PM) —The government likewise will not be supporting the amendment moved by Senator Murray. Senator Sherry is right: I was at the federal council and I am aware of the motion that was passed. But motions passed at Liberal Party Federal Council are recommendations to the political party organisation. That is the form they take; they are not binding on the parliamentary Liberal Party at a federal level, unlike the situation that exists with the Labor Party where the motions at the federal Labor council are binding on the Labor Party at a political level. The government recognises that political donations offer opportunity for individuals and organisations to support the party or the candidate of their choice and this is an important part of the democratic process. The government does not support intervening in the operations of individual companies in the way proposed by Senator Murray.

Question negatived.



Bills—by leave—taken together and as a whole.

Bills agreed to.

Bills reported without amendments or requests; report adopted.