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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9247


Senator BUSHBY (TasmaniaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (16:22): I seek leave to amend general business of motion No. 617 relating to taxpayer funding to One Community.

Leave granted.

Senator BUSHBY: At the request of Senator Birmingham, I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the South Australian Labor Government provided $757 000 of taxpayer funding to One Community for advocacy purposes, including during the 2016 federal election;

(b) notes that the South Australian Auditor-General investigated the allocation of $757 000 by the South Australian Labor Government to One Community;

(c) notes that the South Australian Auditor-General found this funding supported activity which "included messages a reasonable person could interpret as being designed to influence support for a political party"; and

(d) calls on the South Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party to refund to South Australian taxpayers the monies that were used for a political purpose.