ANNE STANLEY MP
MEMBER FOR WERRIWA
120 YEARS OF PRECEDENCE BROKEN
Anne Stanley MP, Member for Werriwa, has called on the Federal Government to immediately refer the former Attorney General Christian Porter MP to the Committee of Privileges and Members Interests.
In a move not seen in 120 years, the Morrison-Joyce Government voted against a referral from the House of Representatives Speaker to the privileges committee protect the identity of the undeclared $1 million donation from a blind trust to the former Attorney General’s defamation suit against the ABC.
“This move by the Morrison-Joyce Government is one of the most disgraceful and shameful moments in Australian political history.” Ms Stanley said.
“The Members interest register exists to ensure the public has confidence that the decision making of Members of Parliament cannot be unduly influenced.
“Not only have they voted against the interest of the public on multiple occasions, but there is a plan to have the tax-payer fund Members’ own defamation suits.
“The entire Coalition Government broke 120 years of precedence to keep secrets and to protect themselves from public scrutiny.
“It has now been more than 1,000 days since the Prime Minster and the Member for Pearce promised to introduce a Federal ICAC and it is clear why it hasn’t been implemented.
“Only a Labor Government will deliver a National Anti-Corruption Commission that will be strong enough to combat the constant unprecedented actions we see from this Government.” Ms Stanley said.