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ADMINISTRATION—FAIR WORK AUSTRALIA—MR CRAIG THOMSON

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 804—That the Senate—

 (a) notes findings by Fair Work Australia that Mr Craig Thomson misused Health Services Union members' funds for sexual services, personal travel and entertainment and to secure a seat in the Federal Parliament; and

 (b) condemns the misuse of union members' funds as found by Fair Work Australia.

Leave refused: Senator Wright sought leave to move an amendment to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,28


Senators—
AbetzCormannHumphriesNash
BernardiEdwardsJohnstonParry
BirminghamEgglestonJoycePayne
BoswellFawcettKroger (Teller)Ronaldson
BushbyFierravanti-WellsMacdonaldScullion
CashFifieldMasonSinodinos
ColbeckHeffernanMcKenzieSmith

NOES, 34



Senators—
BilykFeeneyMcEwen (Teller)Sterle
BishopFurnerMcLucasThistlethwaite
CameronGallacherMilneThorp
Carr, BobHanson-YoungMooreUrquhart
CollinsHoggPolleyWaters
CrossinLudlamPrattWhish-Wilson
Di NataleLudwigRhiannonWright
FarrellLundySingh
FaulknerMarshallStephens

Question negatived.

Statement by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

The Deputy President (Senator Parry) reminded senators of the Procedure Committee's second report of 2011 and its consideration of standing order 66 relating to procedures for dealing with formal motions and in particular, statements being made by leave which may lead to de facto debate.

Statements by leave: Senators Abetz and Wright, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.