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18    Administration—Lobbyists—Regulation

Senator Rhiannon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 166—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   the public has a right to know who may benefit from the work of lobbyists,

                 (ii)   the current regulation that covers lobbyists is deficient as it does not cover in-house lobbyists and lobbying of non-government and backbench members of Parliament (MPs),

                (iii)   in its submission to the inquiry into the operation of the Lobbying Code of Conduct, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet estimated that around 5 000 lobbyists would be required to register if in-house lobbyists were covered by the scheme, compared to 934 entities and individuals currently on the register, and

                (iv)   the recent controversy about links between lobbying company Australian Public Affairs and the office of the Assistant Minister for Health (Senator Nash); and

    (b)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   establish an Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying,

                 (ii)   provide a legislative framework for the regulation of lobbying,

                (iii)   expand the scope of who is the subject of lobbying to include all MPs and senators, including cross-benchers and opposition MPs,

                (iv)   expand the scope of lobbying to include corporations and organisations employing in-house lobbyists, and

                 (v)   ban the payment of success fees to lobbyists.

Statement by leave : The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.



The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

 

Milne

Rhiannon

 

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

 

Whish-Wilson

Wright

 

NOES, 41

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Brown

Bushby

Cameron

Carr

Colbeck

Dastyari

 

Edwards

Eggleston

Farrell

Fawcett

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Johnston

Kroger

Lines

Ludwig

 

Lundy

Madigan

Marshall

McKenzie

Moore

O’Neill

O’Sullivan

Peris

Polley

Ronaldson

Ruston

 

Ryan

Seselja

Singh

Smith

Sterle

Tillem

Urquhart (Teller)

Wong

 

Question negatived.