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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE—PROPOSED ATTENDANCE OF WITNESS

The Chair of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee (Senator Marshall), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 841—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the opening statement made by the President of Fair Work Australia on 1 June 2010 during his appearance at an estimates hearing of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee;

 (b) notes, in particular, the request made in that statement that the Senate reconsider its order of 28 October 2009 which requires that, on each occasion on which the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee meets to consider estimates in relation to Fair Work Australia, the President of Fair Work Australia appear before the committee to answer questions; and

 (c) modifies the order of 28 October 2009 by declaring that, while relaxing the requirement that the President of Fair Work Australia attend to answer questions on all occasions when the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee meets to consider estimates in relation to Fair Work Australia, the Senate expects that the President will appear should his or her presence be requested by the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee in the future.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 32

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Farrell

Feeney

Forshaw

Furner

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

O'Brien

Polley

Pratt

Siewert

Stephens

Sterle

Wong

Wortley

NOES, 34

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Cormann

Eggleston

Ferguson

Fielding

Fifield

Fisher

Heffernan

Joyce

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McGauran

Minchin

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Trood

Williams (Teller)

Question negatived.