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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4828

Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (9:48 AM) —I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT —Leave is granted for two minutes.

Senator BOB BROWN —Senator Fielding may have missed my contribution to the Senate on this matter earlier in the week. We are very well aware of ACLEI because we were here for its establishment. However, ACLEI does not cover the bureaucracy at large. It does not cover the parliament and it does not cover the matters that the public would want to see it cover. Part of our proposal is a request to the government to expand the functions of that organisation so it does cover the areas that, for example, the crime and anticorruption commissions in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. This is a motion to have the government move to extend the purview of a crime and anticorruption and integrity commission to be somewhat equal to those of the states, which are working well. It is not logical to say we should have that just confined to the police and policing authorities but not to the rest of governance in the Commonwealth.

Question put:

That the motion (Senator Bob Brown’s) be agreed to.