Australia Vic parliament to debate far-right inquiry
SA Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman steps down from ministerial roles pending ombudsman investigation
South Australia's Deputy Premier steps down from her ministerial roles, pending the outcome of an ombudsman's inquiry into her decision to knock back a seaport on Kangaroo Island. It comes after South Australia's parliament passed a vote of no confidence in Vickie Chapman on Thursday last week.That vote followed a report from a parliamentary inquiry, which recommended Ms Chapman be found guilty of contempt of parliament for misleading the house.The inquiry also found Ms Chapman had a conflict of interest in exercising her power as Planning Minister to refuse a port on Kangaroo Island.
A motion calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the influence of the far-right in Victoria is set to be debated in state parliament.
Greens Leader Samantha Ratnam wants the Legal and Social Issues Committee to investigate far-right extremists and their links to anti-vaccination groups.
She said the pandemic has created a "perfect breeding ground for recruitment" for far-right groups.
"Many people who have lost work, who are pushed to the margins by an unequal economic system, and who are genuinely scared and frustrated about how we will emerge out of a moment of crisis, are being preyed upon by the far-right for their own ends," Ms Ratnam said.
Pauline Hanson supports government to block federal integrity commission bill
The federal government narrowly defeats an attempt by the Senate crossbench, Greens and Labor to kickstart a debate on a national integrity commission. Complicated Senate voting rules, forced by the absence of some Senators due to COVID-19 restrictions, resulted in a tied vote on the motion of 25 to 25.Despite not being present in the chamber, One Nation sided with the government, shifting the numbers on the floor and ultimately defeating the motion.The Coalition has been widely criticised for not having introduced its proposal to Parliament, given it was first flagged by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in late 2018.
She pointed to recent protests against lockdowns and vaccination mandates, which started as an expression of frustration against the government but attracted right-wing agitators and in some cases, turned violent.
Earlier this month, protesters against the state government's pandemic legislation were seen carrying nooses and throwing an effigy of Premier Daniel Andrews on a wooden gallows.
Ms Ratnam has also received death threats due to her support of the bill.
"As a parliament, we have a responsibility to make sure all Victorians feel safe and supported, and to do what we can to tackle any dangerous agenda that threatens our social cohesion," she said.
"History has shown us what will happen if we don't act."
A federal parliamentary inquiry is already investigating the rising threat of right-wing extremism and last week Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews listed a neo-Nazi group dubbed the Base as a terrorist organisation.
Ms Ratnman's motion will be debated in the upper house on Wednesday and if passed, the committee will investigate the far-right's methods of recruitment and communication, the risk their actions pose, particularly to Victoria's multicultural communities, and the potential for targeted violence against politicians and public figures.
It will also explore what steps need to be taken to counter their influence.
The committee would need to report back to parliament by May 31.
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