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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 336

Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (16:13): I seek leave to make a very short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute, Senator Di Natale.

Senator DI NATALE: If there is any lesson that we could learn from the huge disruption that is going on right around the world and indeed here in Australia to 'politics as usual', it is that people are fed up with the level of representation they are getting. They have no faith that their elected representatives are actually representing them, and they believe that we need to clean up politics. We have seen evidence of corruption at a state level, particularly in New South Wales but not limited to New South Wales. We have seen the role of these national anti-corruption watchdogs in ensuring that they keep a check on government, politicians and the bureaucracy. It is time for action now. It is not time for more inquiries, not time for more talk but time for action. Let's establish a national anti-corruption watchdog. Let's get on with the business of cleaning up politics. And let's recognise that we represent the community, not the interests of big business.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Di Natale be agreed to.