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Thursday, 15 November 2018
Page: 8413


Senator CORMANN (Western AustraliaMinister for Finance and the Public Service, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (17:05): The government, based on advice not just from our own officials but also from the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, has made the ban on foreign political donations as effective as possible considering the constraints that we face under our Constitution. Under our Constitution we are not able to ban donations from Australian residents or from Australian companies, so this ban on foreign political donations has been structured to be as effective as possible, as mindful of the limitations in terms of our authority to legislate to that effect under our Constitution.