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24    Urgency Motion—Politics—Political Donations Reform

The President informed the Senate that, at 8.30 am today, two senators each submitted letters in accordance with standing order 75, Senator Moore proposing a matter of urgency for debate and Senator Day proposing a matter of public importance for discussion. The question of which proposal would be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot.

As a result, the President informed the Senate that Senator Moore had proposed that today she intended to move—That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The need to reform Australia’s political donation system by lowering the disclosure threshold, banning foreign donations, restricting anonymous donations and preventing donation splitting to avoid disclosure.

The proposal was supported by four senators.

Senator Cameron, at the request of Senator Moore, moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.