Banks Will Have To Appear Before House Economics Committee Say Turnbull And Morrison

Australian Banks will have to appear once a year before the Economics Committee of the Parliament, under plans announced today by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison held a joint press conference to outline the plan. Turnbull said the banks “operate under a social licence from the Australian people”. Built on a foundation of trust, “they have to earn that trust through being open and accountable at all times,” Turnbull said.

The heads of the four major banks will be required to appear before the House of Representative Standing Committee on Economics. Morrison said this was “in the same way that the Reserve Bank and APRA currently appear before the committee on a regular basis”. [Read more…]


Joint Committee’s Advisory Report On Senate Voting Reforms

This is the Advisory Report from the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters regarding the proposed reforms to the Senate voting system.

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Excluding Citizens Of “Unsound Mind” From Voting

The Estimates Committee of the Senate today discussed the issue of excluding people of “unsound mind” from voting.

Questioning of Australian Electoral Commission officials was led by Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice.

Section 93.8 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act says that enrolment will be denied to “a person who by reason of being of unsound minds, is incapable of understanding the nature and significance of enrolment and voting“. [Read more…]


Queensland Parliamentary Committee Recommends Fixed Four-Year Terms

A Queensland parliamentary committee has recommended that the parliament proceed with moves towards introducing fixed four-year terms for the Legislative Assembly.

The Finance and Administration Committee recommended amendments to a proposed bill that would provide for a referendum to be put to the electorate in 2016 that would introduce fixed four-year terms.

The proposal has bipartisan support from the ALP and the Liberal National Party (LNP). [Read more…]


ALP And Greens Back Palmer Motion For Select Committee Inquiry Into Queensland Government

The Senate has voted to establish a Select Committee to inquire into aspects of Queensland government administration.

The motion was moved by Palmer United Party senators and supported by the ALP and Greens. It was carried by 30 votes to 27.

The 5-member Select Committee on Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration will comprise 2 ALP, 1 Green, 1 PUP and 1 Coalition members. The PUP Senate leader, Glenn Lazarus, will chair the committee.

The Committee is required to report by March 27, 2015, around the time the Queensland state election is due.

The Committee is charged with inquiring into Commonwealth funds allocated to Queensland since March 26, 2012, when the LNP government led by Premier Campbell Newman took office. It will investigate judicial independence and the separation of powers, environmental law, the administration of prisons and detention without trial. The Committee will also examine Commonwealth oversight of coal seam gas projects in Queensland. [Read more…]


ALP Submission To JSCEM Review Of 2013 Federal Election

This is the ALP’s submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ review of the 2013 Federal Election.

The committee conducts a review of every federal election.

The ALP’s submission bears the signature of the party’s National Secretary, George Wright. Amongst other things, it calls for reform of the Senate voting system by introducing optional preferential voting above and below the line. [Read more…]


Commission Of Audit Interrogated By Senate Select Committee

Members of the Abbott government’s Commission of Audit appeared before a Senate Select Committee today.

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The Commission of Audit was established by the government on October 13.

On December 11, the Senate established a Select Committee to inquire into the Commission of Audit and any reports it makes to the government. [Read more…]