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AGAINST – National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2022 - Consideration in Detail - Conduct of review and tabling of review report

The majority voted in favour of a motion to disagree with amendment (1) and (2) introduced by Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie (Centre Alliance), which means they failed.

What did the amendment do?

Ms Sharkie explained that:

The first really relates to the fact that I think it's important to provide as much clarity as possible with respect to what must be put into the review. I'm sure it is self-explanatory. You would expect these points—the role of the NACC, the oversight of the NACC, the use and conduct of hearings, and emerging best practice—to be in a review. But this is really to make sure that we don't assume that it is really quite plain and simple.

Amendment (2) is to ensure that the minister—whoever the minister of the day is, for many parliaments to come—does provide to the parliament in a very timely manner a copy of the report of the review. What we have seen in the past—perhaps not in this parliament but in the past in parliaments gone by—is that sometimes ministers of the day have held on to reviews for a very long period of time and perhaps also released them at times when the rest of Australia is not paying attention. So this is really just about timeliness and about some detail of what is in that review.

Read more about the bill in its bills digest.

Amendment text

(1) Clause 278, page 219 (after line 8), after subclause (1), insert:

(1A) Without limiting subsection (1), the review must consider and report on the following:

(a) the role of the NACC;

(b) oversight of the NACC;

(c) the use and conduct of hearings;

(d) emerging best practice.

(2) Clause 278, page 219 (lines 27 to 29), omit subclause (6), substitute:

(6) The Minister must, as soon as practicable, and in any event within 14 business days, after receiving a copy of the report of the review, cause a copy of the report to be:

(a) laid before each House of the Parliament; or

(b) if a House is not sitting—presented to the Presiding Officer of that House for circulation to the members of that House.


Date and time: 12:52 PM on 2022-11-24
Allegra Spender's vote: No
Total number of "aye" votes: 70
Total number of "no" votes: 64
Total number of abstentions: 17
Related bill: National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2022

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