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Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Page: 856

Senator O'NEILL (New South WalesManager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (12:00): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator O'NEILL: The opposition will not be supporting this motion. The opposition understands the intent of the motion by Senator Storer and his passion for parliamentary integrity. That is why Labor is committed to establishing a national integrity commission, lowering the disclosure threshold for political donations to a fixed $1,000 and progressing real-time disclosure of donations. It is why Labor forced the government to ban foreign donations from our system and protect against foreign influence. However, this motion contains a number of provisions that require detailed policy consideration and further consultation prior to introduction. As such, we will not be supporting this motion.