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Tuesday, 25 June 1996
Page: 2638

Mr BEAZLEY (Leader of the Opposition)(3.11 p.m.) —I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition moving forthwith—That this House censures the Minister for Foreign Affairs for:

(1)   repeated failure, in responses to questions on the status of regional opinion about the abolition of the DIFF program, to inform the House of his discussions with two senior Indonesian Economic Development Ministers;

(2)   for misleading an important regional neighbour and trading partner, and the Australian public, about the reasons for abolishing DIFF; and

(3)   for gross incompetence in his mishandling of his portfolio and Australia's relationship with our Asian neighbours.

Mr Reith —You can have it.

Mr SPEAKER —Is the motion seconded?

Mr Brereton —I second the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.