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DEFENCE—AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE ACADEMY—KIRKHAM INQUIRY

Senator Humphries, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 717—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the findings by Andrew Kirkham, AM, RFD, QC into the `ADFA Skype affair', in particular his finding that the Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy, Commodore Bruce Kafer, AM, CSC, RAN, made no error of judgement in his decisions to commence and conclude the disciplinary proceedings against the female officer cadet;

 (b) expresses confidence in Commodore Kafer's performance in his duties as Commandant of ADFA; and

 (c) calls on the Minister representing the Minister for Defence (Senator Evans) to explain why the government took 85 days to release the findings of the Kirkham Inquiry.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,31


Senators—
AbetzColbeckHumphriesNash
BackEdwardsJohnstonParry
BernardiEgglestonJoycePayne
BirminghamFawcettKroger (Teller)Ronaldson
BoswellFierravanti-WellsMacdonaldRyan
BoyceFifieldMadiganScullion
BrandisFisherMasonWilliams
CashHeffernanMcKenzie

NOES, 37


Senators—
BilykFarrellMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
BishopFaulknerMcLucasSterle
Brown, BobFeeneyMilneThistlethwaite
Brown, CarolFurnerMooreUrquhart
CameronGallacherPolleyWaters
Carr, BobHanson-YoungPrattWright
Carr, KimHoggRhiannonXenophon
CollinsLudlamSherry
CrossinLundySiewert
Di NataleMarshallSingh

Question negatived.