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DEFENCE FORCE RETIREMENT AND DEATH BENEFITS AMENDMENT (FAIR INDEXATION) BILL 2010

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ronaldson—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Johnston moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "and the Senate calls on the Government to reassess the growth in the civilian bureaucracy within the Department of Defence (including the Defence Materiel Organisation) over the forward estimates, to achieve the necessary financial offsets to fund the measures in this bill".

Debate ensued.

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

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "but:

  (a) the Senate is of the opinion that these reforms should be funded through a reconfigured mining resource rent tax, as recommended by the Treasury, that would generate sufficient additional revenue to cover the costs; and

  (b) a message be sent to the House of Representatives informing it of this resolution and requesting its concurrence in the resolution".

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 5

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Siewert (Teller)


NOES, 49

Senators—

Adams

Arbib

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Carr

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Crossin

Eggleston

Farrell

Feeney

Ferguson

Fielding

Fifield

Fisher

Forshaw

Furner

Hogg

Humphries

Hurley

Johnston

Kroger

Ludwig

Lundy

Macdonald

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Minchin

Moore

Nash

O'Brien

Parry (Teller)

Pratt

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Stephens

Sterle

Wong

Wortley

Xenophon

Question negatived.

Reference to committee: Senator Xenophon moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "and the bill, together with the amendments circulated by Senator Ronaldson on sheet 7027, be referred to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 May 2011".

Senator Bob Brown moved the following amendment to Senator Xenophon's proposed amendment:

 After "sheet 7027", insert "and proposed mechanisms for funding the bill".

Question—That Senator Bob Brown's amendment to Senator Xenophon's proposed amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Question—That the amendment, as amended, be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,33


Senators—
ArbibFieldingLundySiewert
BilykForshawMarshallStephens
BishopFurnerMcEwen (Teller)Sterle
Brown, BobHanson-YoungMcLucasWong
CollinsHoggMilneWortley
CrossinHurleyMooreXenophon
FarrellHutchinsO'Brien
FaulknerLudlamPolley
FeeneyLudwigPratt

NOES, 31


Senators—
AbetzCashHumphriesParry (Teller)
AdamsColbeckJohnstonRonaldson
BackCoonanJoyceRyan
BernardiEgglestonKrogerScullion
BirminghamFergusonMacdonaldTroeth
BoyceFifieldMasonTrood
BrandisFisherMcGauranWilliams
BushbyHeffernanNash

Question agreed to.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.


Bill read a second time.

Time expired: The time for general business orders of the day for the consideration of bills reached the limit of 2 hours 20 minutes.