Are royal commissions worth the money? Bernardi

February 28, 2019

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison's decision to hold a royal commission in the disability sector, lamenting that these are the inquiries now needed due to politicians' politicking the once-respected parliamentary inquiry system.

The Conservative Party yesterday advocated that two further Royal Commissions are needed, to leave a legacy for the Coalition if it is departing office, or to set the tone for its next term if it pulls off a miraculous win.

The first, which has been refused by the government, is a royal commission into Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia.

The massive landholding acquisitions by Chinese companies, the political donations from Chinese individuals with strong links to the Chinese Communist Government and the insidious political influence the Chinese Communist Government seeks to exert in Australia are all, in themselves, compelling reasons to call one.

And we also need a federal royal commission into the Murray-Darling Basin, because the South Australian royal commission was hamstrung by the federal government refusing to give permission for the Basin Authority to give evidence and the South Australian Government's refusal to give the royal commission more time to challenge that direction.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told Sydney radio station 2CH, federal royal commissions are horrendously expensive, but they do manage to get to the bottom of the problems being investigated.

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