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21    Politics— International Day of Democracy

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1057—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       15 September 2018 is International Day of Democracy,

                                    (ii)       Australia’s democracy faces systemic challenges in the corrupting influence of political donations and the under-representation of minorities in decision-making positions, and

                                  (iii)       Australia’s Parliament does not reflect the composition of the Australian population in terms of gender or cultural diversity; and

               (b)       calls on the Federal Government to:

                                     (i)       ban corporate donations from industries with a history of undue influence in Australia’s Parliament, such as mining, development, tobacco, alcohol and gambling,

                                    (ii)       withdraw proposed electoral funding legislation that restricts the ability of civil society to advocate in the public interest,

                                  (iii)       take measures to increase the participation of women and people from minority backgrounds in Australia’s political systems, and

                                  (iv)       urgently establish a national anti-corruption body with investigative powers to address parliamentary and ministerial misconduct.

Statements by leave : Senators Chisholm and Waters, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 11

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Rice

Waters

Faruqi

McKim

Siewert*

Whish-Wilson

Griff

Patrick

Steele-John

 

 

 

NOES, 38

Senators—

Anning

Gallacher

Martin

Ryan

Bernardi

Gichuhi

McCarthy

Scullion

Bilyk

Hanson

McKenzie

Seselja

Brockman

Hinch

Moore

Singh

Bushby

Hume

O’Neill

Smith, David

Chisholm

Keneally

Paterson

Smith, Dean

Collins

Ketter

Pratt

Stoker

Dodson

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Storer

Duniam

Lines

Ruston

Urquhart*

Fierravanti-Wells

Marshall

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.