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    32   AUSTRALIAN GREENS’ POLICY COSTINGS

Mr Briggs, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)    notes that:

(a)    the Australian Greens can formally submit an unlimited number of new policy proposals to the Government for analysis and costing under the Agreement for a Better Parliament: Parliamentary Reform, signed on 7 September 2010 to establish “a basis for stable and effective government”; and

(b)   on 20 July 2012, The Treasury made a decision on a Freedom of Information request to refuse access to 12 documents relating to Australian Greens’ policy costings because the documents “would allow a direct inference to be drawn about subsequent Cabinet deliberations” and they contained “material prepared to inform deliberations of Government”;

(2)    recognises that the Government has previously released policy costings, namely:

(a)    an Executive Minute detailing costings of the Coalition’s Direct Action Plan, released in full by The Treasury on 2 September 2011;

(b)   updated costings on reopening the detention facility in Nauru, released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on 27 January 2012; and

(c)    Treasury modelling provided to unaligned Members, released by The Treasury on 24 February 2012; and

(3)    calls on The Treasury and the Department of Finance and Deregulation to release all costings of policy proposals that the Australian Greens have formally submitted to the Government for analysis since the 2010 Federal Election.

Debate ensued.

Mr Bandt moved as an amendment—That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“this House:

(1)    notes that the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has now been established in accordance with the Agreement for a Better Parliament: Parliamentary Reform, signed on 7 September 2010;

(2)    notes that the establishment of the PBO is a significant reform that will increase budget honesty and transparency; and

(3)    calls on all interested parties, including the Coalition, to submit their policies to the PBO for costing.

Debate continued.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.