- Legislation on a federal anti-corruption watchdog has passed the Senate.
- It comes despite calls from the crossbench for more transparency.
- The government-controlled lower house is set to tick off the legislation on Wednesday.
The Greens and independent senators David Pocock and Jacqui Lambie also pushed to lower the “exceptional circumstances” threshold for public hearings, but failed.
Senator Pocock questioned why Labor increased the threshold from the election pledge to have public hearings when it was in the public interest to do so.
Debate over commissioner appointment
The Greens walked away from supporting a Coalition amendment that would have required a three-quarters majority, which means any commissioner would need to be agreed on by both the government and opposition.
“We have supported proper processes in order to get a national anti-corruption commission, which the parliament should be proud of,” he said.
It is expected to be up and running by mid-2023.