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ADMINISTRATION—PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY—EFFICIENCY DIVIDEND

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. 677—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the impact of the Government's efficiency dividend and reduction in all capital budgets on the Parliamentary Library and its ability to continue to provide quality services to senators and members, and

  (ii) that, whilst a number of cultural agencies are exempt from the additional 2.5 per cent efficiency dividend announced in December 2011 in the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook, the existing efficiency dividend of 1.5 per cent is continuing to have a disproportionate and unfair impact on many cultural agencies which are being forced to make savings by cutting staffing numbers, curtailing operations and limiting and delaying exhibitions; and

 (b) calls on the Government to restore the Parliamentary Library's budget in full.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 11

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Madigan

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 37

Senators—

Back

Bilyk

Boyce

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Carr, Bob

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Cormann

Crossin

Edwards

Faulkner

Fawcett

Feeney

Fifield

Fisher

Furner

Gallacher

Humphries

Kroger (Teller)

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Nash

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ronaldson

Stephens

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.