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GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S OPENING SPEECH—ADDRESS-IN-REPLY

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Pratt—That the address-in-reply be agreed to (see entry no. 4, 29 September 2010)—and on the amendment moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz):

 That the following words be added to the address-in-reply:

 ", but the Senate:

  (a) regrets that the Gillard Government has already broken its promises to the Australian people by, among other things:

   (i) announcing a carbon tax, contrary to the Prime Minister's express assurances both during the election campaign and immediately afterward that there would be no carbon tax,

   (ii) instead of seeking a consensus on measures to deal with climate change, instituting a committee, the conclusions of which are predetermined,

   (iii) failing to announce any measures to deal with the influx of asylum seekers arriving by sea,

   (iv) failing to provide for a dedicated Minister for Education,

   (v) failing to provide for a dedicated Minister for Disability Services,

   (vi) failing to clarify its position on the private health insurance rebate,

   (vii) failing to announce economically responsible measures to deal with housing affordability, and

   (viii) announcing to the Australian people that the Government would not be bound by the promises it made to voters during the election campaign; and

  (b) further notes that the Government has outlined no credible plan to:

   (i) bring the budget into surplus,

   (ii) cut waste,

   (iii) pay off the debt,

   (iv) stop the boats, and

   (v) stop new taxes, such as the mining tax".

Debate resumed.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Adams

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Ferguson

Fifield

Fisher

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McGauran

Minchin

Nash

Parry

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Trood

Williams (Teller)

NOES, 32

Senators—

Arbib

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Carr

Conroy

Farrell

Faulkner

Fielding

Forshaw

Furner

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

O'Brien

Polley

Pratt

Sherry

Siewert

Stephens

Sterle

Wortley

Xenophon

Question negatived.

Main question put and passed.