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Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Page: 8331


Senator WHISH-WILSON (Tasmania) (16:16): In relation to the filibuster, we will continue to ask questions until we get decent answers. They have not been forthcoming. Our job in committee is to thrash out these things and to make sure that legislation, counter proposals and these kinds of things are thoroughly assessed by the committee. That is our job. We are a house of review and I do not need to tell you that. I have asked a number of what I thought were perfectly reasonable questions that I have not received proper answers to. Let me try another tack where I do want information. Your government was talking in the budget this year about a voluntary corporate disclosure code. Could you explain to the committee why you have moved from a voluntary to a mandatory code in the legislation that we were debating for multinationals with a turnover of more than $1 billion? What made you decide that you needed a mandatory code of disclosure?