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ADMINISTRATION—ACT OF GRACE PAYMENTS—ANSWER TO QUESTION ON NOTICE—ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Senator Cormann, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 357—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that the Government has refused to provide an answer to question on notice no. 671 regarding act of grace payments without properly raising a claim of public interest immunity; and

 (b) orders that there be laid on the table by noon on Tuesday, 23 August 2011, all information about:

  (i) the number of act of grace payments approved by the Minister since 24 November 2007 where the department recommended against approval, and


  (ii) the reason for approval, the date of approval and value of each of the above act of grace payments.

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

 Paragraph (b)(i), omit "2007", substitute "1996".

Statement by leave: Senator Cormann, by leave, made a statement relating to the matter.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 36

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Carr

Collins

Crossin

Di Natale

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Sherry

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Waters

Wright

NOES, 32

Senators—

Adams

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Macdonald

Madigan

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Williams

Question agreed to.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.