Senate Estimates

While Senate Estimates is usually for the Opposition, given their complete inability to land any blows on the Government this week, I thought I would issue my own Estimates summary of the key take-outs from the week.

GetUp finally ditches ‘charitable purpose’

Despite previously claiming it was an oversight, it was revealed in Treasury Estimates that GetUp has finally changed its constitution to remove the claim that it operates for a ‘charitable purpose’.

Among other changes, GetUp’s revised constitution deletes the previous requirement that full members be disclosed.

ABC boss sought redundancy

It was revealed in ABC Estimates that the ABC’s acting Managing Director David Anderson discussed a redundancy package with his predecessor just months before ascending the throne – this despite Mr Anderson’s position not actually being redundant.

As an almost 30 year employee of the ABC, Mr Anderson would have stood to have gained more than a quarter of a million dollars.

ATO admits errors over conflicting written advice

The Australian Tax Office has committed to ensure that future automated correspondence can be relied on after it was revealed that previous letters did not have the same standing.

ABC to investigate sexual harassment claims

The ABC has committed to undertake a full investigation over claims that NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley harassed one of its employees.

In addition to this, I have placed more than 40 Questions on Notice to ensure the ABC is fully transparent over its investigation.

DFAT officials raise concerns over Pakistani death row blasphemy case

Following raising the matter at several rounds of Senate Estimates, I am pleased that DFAT officials have raised concerns with the Pakistani Government over the death row case of Asia Bibi who is facing a potential death sentence over blasphemy.

The case is currently being held on its final appeal.

Australia to join UK investigation over Palestinian text-books

The Australian Government will work with the United Kingdom to audit text books in the Palestinian Territories that are funded by UNRWA over claims that some text books incite terrorism against Israeli citizens.

Scepticism over ‘voluntary’ Chinese organ harvesting

DFAT has confirmed its scepticism over China’s ‘voluntary’ organ harvesting programme for prisoners executed through China’s judicial system.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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