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18    Environment and Communications References Committee—Reference —Disclosure and reporting of sensitive and classified information

Senator McKim, also on behalf of Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1—That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by the third sitting day of December 2019:

               (a)       disclosure and public reporting of sensitive and classified information, including the appropriate regime for warrants regarding journalists and media organisations and adequacy of existing legislation;

               (b)       the whistleblower protection regime and protections for public sector employees;

                (c)       the adequacy of referral practices of the Australian Government in relation to leaks of sensitive and classified information;

               (d)       appropriate culture, practice and leadership for Government and senior public employees;

                (e)       mechanisms to ensure that the Australian Federal Police have sufficient independence to effectively and impartially carry out their investigatory and law enforcement responsibilities in relation to politically sensitive matters; and

                (f)       any related matters.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam) and Senators Gallagher and Patrick, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Ayres

Gallacher

McCarthy

Smith, Marielle

Bilyk

Gallagher

McKim

Steele-John

Brown

Green

Patrick

Sterle

Carr

Griff

Pratt

Urquhart*

Ciccone

Hanson

Rice

Walsh

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Roberts

Waters

Dodson

Keneally

Sheldon

Watt

Farrell

Kitching

Siewert

Whish-Wilson

Faruqi

McAllister

 

 

 

NOES, 32

Senators—

Abetz

Chandler

McDonald

Ruston

Antic

Colbeck

McGrath

Ryan

Askew

Davey

McKenzie

Scarr

Bernardi

Duniam

McMahon

Seselja

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

O’Sullivan

Sinodinos

Bragg

Fifield

Paterson

Smith, Dean*

Brockman

Hughes

Payne

Stoker

Canavan

Lambie

Rennick

Van

* Tellers

Question agreed to.