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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Page: 9923


Senator JACINTA COLLINS (Victoria) (15:56): I seek leave to make a brief statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator JACINTA COLLINS: Labor will be supporting this motion. I note that Labor has raised questions in the past about the close relationship between the Chinese companies of Ms Sally Zou and the South Australian Liberal Party. It has also raised concerns with Ms Zou's Julie Bishop Glorious Foundation, to which the foreign minister feigned ignorance. Labor supports real-time disclosure and has repeatedly stated it would support a disclosure regime that publishes as quickly as technology allows.

For over a year Labor has had a bill before the parliament to ban foreign donations and reverse the Howard government's changes by reducing the donations disclosure limit to a fixed $1,000. For over a year Labor has had a bill before the parliament to ban donation splitting between branches, ban the receipt of anonymous donations and link public funding to expenditure. For over a year Labor has had a bill before the parliament to introduce new offences and increased penalties for those who seek to breach these laws. It's time for this government to act. (Time expired)

Question agreed to.