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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
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Mr BOWEN (McMahonMinister for Immigration and Citizenship) (13:34): In answer to the honourable member for Melbourne's question, the bill provides for me to lay an instrument upon the table when I am satisfied of the national interest in regard to certain matters. I will lay it on the table of the House when I am satisfied of that, not before and not after. The plan is for a reconnaissance team to go to Nauru and Papua New Guinea on Friday. The Prime Minister and I will update the House and the Australian public as to progress on both technical matters and agreements, which will be made public when we are in a position to do so.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): The question is that the member for Melbourne's amendment be agreed to.

A division having been called and the bells having been rung

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: As there are fewer than five members on the side for the ayes, I declare the question resolved in the negative in accordance with standing order 127. The names of those members who are in the minority will be recorded in the Votes and Proceedings.

Question negatived, Mr Bandt and Mr Wilkie voting aye.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question is that the bill, as amended, be agreed to.

A division having been called and the bells having been rung

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: As there are fewer than five members on the side for the noes, I declare the question resolved in the affirmative in accordance with standing order 127. The names of those members who are in the minority will be recorded in the Votes and Proceedings.

Question agreed to, Mr Bandt and Mr Wilkie voting no.