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ADMINISTRATION—GOVERNMENT ADVERTISING—PROPOSED CARBON TAX

Senator Birmingham, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 213—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the past statements by the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) in relation to Government advertising, specifically that `Labor will end the abuse of taxpayer funded government advertising';

 (b) expresses its regret at the hypocrisy on display as a result of the Government having confirmed it is developing options for an advertising campaign related to its planned carbon tax; and

 (c) states its clear opposition to any such taxpayer funded advertising campaign prior to consideration by the Parliament of the Government's carbon tax proposal.

Senator Xenophon, by leave, moved the following amendment:

 Paragraph (b), omit "hypocrisy", substitute "inconsistency".

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Statements by leave: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig), Senators Xenophon and Birmingham and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Main question, as amended, put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Barnett

Birmingham

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Cormann

Eggleston

Ferguson

Fielding

Fifield

Fisher

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McGauran

Minchin

Parry (Teller)

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Trood

Williams

Xenophon


NOES, 32

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Conroy

Crossin

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Forshaw

Furner

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

Milne

Moore

O'Brien

Polley

Pratt

Sherry

Siewert

Stephens

Sterle

Wortley

Question agreed to.