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21    Administration—Outsourcing of Work to Foreign Businesses—Order for Production of Documents

The Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1041—That there be laid on the table by each Government minister, no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 12 May 2016, any documents relevant to the outsourcing of work by their government departments and associated agencies (including any commissions, bureaus and corporations), to foreign businesses (including wholly-owned foreign businesses, companies registered in Australia with a foreign parent company/companies and foreign companies with a majority shareholding held outside of Australia), specifically:

    (a)   the name and location of each government department and agency that is party to a procurement contract with a foreign business (contract);

    (b)   the number of contracts that currently exist between each government department and their agencies and foreign business;

     (c)   for each foreign company/business engaged by government departments and their agencies pursuant to contract, the foreign company/business name and the country in which their office is located and/or is operating;

    (d)   the date each contract commenced, and the date that contract is due to be finalised or reviewed for the purpose of further negotiations;

     (e)   the nature and scope of works required to be performed pursuant to each contract, including:

                  (i)   where the works are managed and performed,

                 (ii)   the composition of the workforce, including whether Australian workers are required to be engaged by the contract,

                (iii)   the number of Australian workers engaged by the contract, and

                (iv)   the monetary value of each contract; and

     (f)   prior to the commencement of each contract, information as to:

                  (i)   whether the requirement for goods and/or services previously existed,

                 (ii)   whether the provision of those goods and/or services were performed by the Government, or

                (iii)   whether the provisions of those goods and/or services was managed and performed on the Government’s behalf, and, if so, the name and location of the business responsible for the provision of those goods and/or services.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Brown

Hanson-Young

McAllister

Rice

Bullock

Ketter

McEwen (Teller)

Siewert

Cameron

Lambie

McKim

Simms

Carr

Lazarus

McLucas

Singh

Conroy

Lines

Moore

Sterle

Dastyari

Ludlam

Muir

Waters

Di Natale

Ludwig

O’Neill

Whish-Wilson

Gallacher

Madigan

Rhiannon

Xenophon

Gallagher

Marshall

 

 

 

NOES, 29

Senators—

Abetz

Fawcett

Macdonald

Reynolds

Back

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Ronaldson

Bernardi

Fifield

McKenzie

Ruston

Brandis

Heffernan

Nash

Seselja

Bushby (Teller)

Johnston

O’Sullivan

Smith

Canavan

Leyonhjelm

Parry

Wang

Cormann

Lindgren

Payne

Williams

Edwards

 

 

 

Question agreed to.