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Senate ignores survivors and votes down key part of Greens motion to amend the Governor General Act

The senate has ignored the wishes of survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and voted down a key part of a Greens motion calling on the Government to make changes that would allow them to cease ongoing payments to former Governors-General, where they have acted unconscionably or illegally.

While the Senate supported Clauses a to c of my motion including the clause expressing concern about the current situation, the key Clause (d) calling for amendments to the Act were not supported by either of the major parties.

“Survivors have approached all parties and requested this change and we need to listen to them, Australian Greens spokesperson on Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“It is deeply concerning that Governors-General who have lost the confidence of the public and may have acted illegally, or brought the office into disrepute should continue to receive Government funded payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

“The Greens will introduce a private members to amend the Governors-General act.

“I will continue to work with the community on this issue.”

The motion reads: 

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