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Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Page: 2575

Senator JACINTA COLLINS (VictoriaActing Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (16:46): I seek leave to make a brief statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute, Senator Collins.

Senator JACINTA COLLINS: Labor members and senators have been proud to stand with a broad coalition of charities and not-for-profits to defend the right to advocate and speak out on issues affecting our society. Labor has led the way on reforming political donations and removing foreign influence from the political process, and the opposition has made a commitment to keep working to ban foreign donations. The opposition believes that we can clean up donations without silencing our community sector. The opposition is not interested in laws which punish Australian charities and not-for-profits. The opposition will be supporting this motion, and we call on the government to listen to these very real concerns.

Question agreed to.