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Returning Greens' Bills To Parliament

Senator DI NATALE

I move:

That, pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a), the following bills be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration of each of the bills be resumed at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament:

National Integrity Commission Bill 2013

Mining Subsidies Legislation Amendment (Raising Revenue) Bill 2014

Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014

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National Anti-Corruption Commission

My question is to the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis. The government and the opposition both claim that no national independent anti-corruption commission is required because there is no widespread evidence of wrongdoing and misconduct in the federal parliament or the Public Service.

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Building and Construction Industry Bill 2013

I rise today to speak against the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2]. This government tells us that the establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission is critical because there is widespread corruption within the union movement, we have a productivity problem within the construction sector and, to use the government's words, we need a 'tough cop on the beat' to deal with those issues.

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Turnbull desperate to distract from chaotic and divided government

The Australian Greens say Malcolm Turnbull is using the ABCC as an excuse to dissolve Parliament and distract from his divided government.

“In my short time in parliament I’ve seen a political system rife with chaos and division, with 5 Prime Ministers in 5 years. Malcolm Turnbull promised an end to that but he is actually presiding over an even more chaotic and divided government than his predecessor,” said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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Sarah Hanson-Young named a World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader for 2016

The Leader of the Australian Greens, Richard Di Natale, has congratulated his colleague Sarah Hanson-Young on being named a World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader for 2016.

Senator Hanson-Young will join the 120 other Young Global Leaders for 2016 which include a woman whose company regrows damaged human bones; a scientist developing technology that reuses radioactive waste; ministers shaking up politics; future business leaders; and human rights activists.

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Greens call for republic timetable

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says it's time for Prime Minister Turnbull to articulate a timetable for Australia becoming a republic.

"There's never been a better time for Australia to become a republic," Senator Di Natale said.

"For the first time, all three federal political leaders are in favour of a republic, and with the state and territory leaders declaring their support, there's huge momentum.

"Malcolm Turnbull was the head of the Australian Republican Movement, so it's time for him to show leadership on the issue now that he's Prime Minister.

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