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26    Administration— 2016 Federal election—Provision of funding to One Community

Senator Bushby, at the request of Senator Birmingham, amended general business notice of motion no. 617 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—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.

Statement by leave : Senator Chisholm, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Abetz

Fawcett

Hume

Patrick

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

Leyonhjelm

Payne

Brockman

Fifield

Macdonald

Reynolds

Burston

Georgiou

McGrath

Ruston

Bushby*

Gichuhi

McKenzie

Ryan

Canavan

Griff

O’Sullivan

Smith

Cash

Hinch

Paterson

Williams

Duniam

 

 

 

NOES, 26

Senators—

Bartlett

Di Natale

Moore

Siewert

Bilyk

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Singh

Brown

Ketter

Polley

Steele-John

Cameron

Kitching

Pratt

Urquhart*

Carr

McAllister

Rhiannon

Watt

Chisholm

McCarthy

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Collins

McKim

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.