Wednesday 14 June
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:21): I seek leave to amend the motion of Senator Bernardi by removing (b)(i) and (b)(ii) and substituting the words 'the corrupting influence of large political donations on the transparency and integrity of Australian democracy'.
Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended.
That the Senate—
(a) notes reports, arising from a joint investigation by the ABC Four Corners program and Fairfax Media, broadcast on 5 June 2017 regarding the increasing influence of the People's Republic of China in Australia's political system and within academia; and
(b) calls on the Prime Minister to request His Excellency the Governor¬-General issue Letters Patent to establish a royal commission into the following:
(i) the corrupting influence of large political donations on the transparency and integrity of Australian democracy