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Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Page: 6043


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (15:41): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: Of the 20 highest ranking countries in Transparency International's corruption perceptions index, only Singapore at sixth and Hong Kong, equal with Australia at 13th, have national independent anticorruption commissions. New Zealand, which ranks first, Canada, which ranks eighth, the United Kingdom, which also ranks eighth, and the US, which ranks 16th, do not have national anticorruption commissions. In considering ways to enhance Australia's ability to combat corruption, it's important to carefully assess what might strengthen our current robust approach rather than discard a system on the presumption that a single agency will somehow be more effective.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that motion No. 1020 be agreed to.