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TAXATION—AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 561—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the report of the Book Industry Strategy Group recommending that the goods and services tax be scrapped from domestic book sales or applied to online purchase of books from overseas; and


 (b) calls on the Government to determine in 2011 which is the better option for the $2.3 billion Australian book industry.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 11

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Madigan

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 25

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Collins

Crossin

Farrell

Feeney

Fifield

Fisher

Gallacher

Ludwig

Lundy

McEwen (Teller)

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Nash

Parry

Pratt

Singh

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.