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9       Finance and Public Administration References Committee—References

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong), pursuant to notice, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—

    (1)   That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 4 May 2016:

             The outcomes of the 42nd meeting of the Council of Australian Governments held on 1 April 2016, with particular reference to:

                 (a)   schools funding;

                 (b)   hospitals funding; and

                 (c)   taxation.

    (2)   That the Senate directs the responsible ministers to ensure that relevant officials of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Treasury appear before the committee to answer questions.

Question put and passed.

Senator Wong, pursuant to notice, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3—

    (1)   That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 4 May 2016:

             Commonwealth legislative provisions relating to oversight of associated entities of political parties, with particular reference to the adequacy of:

                 (a)   the funding and disclosure regime relating to annual returns;

                 (b)   the powers of the Australian Electoral Commission with respect to supervision of the conduct of, and reporting by, associated entities of political parties; and

                 (c)   any related matters.

    (2)   That the Senate directs Senator Sinodinos to appear before the committee to answer questions.

Statement by leave : The Attorney-General (Senator Brandis), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

The question was divided at the request of Senator Xenophon—

Question—That the motion in respect of paragraph (1) be agreed to—put and passed.

Question—That the motion in respect of paragraph (2) be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 32

Senators—

Bilyk

Gallagher

McAllister

Rhiannon

Brown

Hanson-Young

McEwen (Teller)

Rice

Cameron

Ketter

McKim

Siewert

Carr

Lambie

McLucas

Simms

Conroy

Lazarus

Moore

Urquhart

Dastyari

Lines

O’Neill

Waters

Di Natale

Ludlam

Peris

Whish-Wilson

Gallacher

Ludwig

Polley

Wong

 

 

NOES, 30

Senators—

Back

Edwards

Madigan

Ruston

Birmingham

Fawcett

McGrath

Ryan

Brandis

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Scullion

Bushby (Teller)

Fifield

Nash

Seselja

Canavan

Heffernan

O’Sullivan

Smith

Cash

Johnston

Parry

Williams

Colbeck

Lindgren

Paterson

Xenophon

Cormann

Macdonald

 

 

 

Question agreed to.