Labor today secured Senate support for a motion calling on the Prime Minister to back a Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security inquiry into how Australia can best safeguard against foreign interference in our electoral and political processes.
Despite the Government voting against Labor’s motion, the Senate voted to support Labor’s move to consider tougher measures to protect our democratic system from foreign interference.
Malcolm Turnbull claims he’s serious about dealing with this issue but he’s all talk.
Last November, Labor introduced legislation to the Parliament to ban foreign donations.
Senator Brandis revealed in Question Time on Wednesday that the Government hopes to get around to it later this year.
There are no more excuses – it’s well past time Malcolm Turnbull supported Labor’s important reforms to address concerns about political donations and the risks of foreign interference.