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AGAINST – Statutory Declarations Amendment Bill 2023 - Report from Federation Chamber - Criticism of Government

The majority voted against an amendment to the usual second reading motion - "that the bill be read a second time" (parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill) - which was introduced by Bradfield MP Paul Fletcher (Liberal).

Motion text

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes that:

(1) the electronic execution of a Commonwealth statutory declaration was first implemented under the former government;

(2) digital verification relies on MyGovID and the Trusted Digital Identity Framework, both of which were created by the former government;

(3) the government is yet to formally respond to the MyGov User Audit; and

(4) the government is yet to establish a legislated national digital identity system".


Date and time: 10:17 AM on 2023-09-13
Allegra Spender's vote: No
Total number of "aye" votes: 54
Total number of "no" votes: 85
Total number of abstentions: 12
Related bill: Statutory Declarations Amendment Bill 2023

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