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PARLIAMENT—STANDARDS OF MINISTERIAL ETHICS

Senator Ryan, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 828—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Senator Bob Carr's electorate office in Bligh House, Sydney, also served as the principal place of business of R.J. Carr Pty Ltd, his former lobbying company, until 24 May 2012,

  (ii) on 24 May 2012, Senator Ryan raised this issue at the 2012-13 Budget estimates hearing of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee,

  (iii) on 24 May 2012, the principal place of business of R.J. Carr Pty Ltd was transferred to an address in Burwood,

  (iv) on 30 May 2012, Senator Bob Carr told the 2012-13 Budget estimates hearing of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee that the `process of excising that reference from the record of ASIC is a matter between my business accountant and ASIC' and `just an office detail', and

  (v) clause 2.9 of the Prime Minister's `Standards of Ministerial Ethics', dated September 2010 requires `that Ministers divest themselves of investments and other interests in any public or private company or business'; and

 (b) calls on Senator Bob Carr to table any advice he has received and relied upon regarding his compliance with the `Standards of Ministerial Ethics' in this matter.

Statement by leave: Senator Ryan, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,31


Senators—
AbetzColbeckHumphriesPayne
BackCormannJohnstonRonaldson
BernardiEdwardsJoyceRyan
BirminghamEgglestonKroger (Teller)Scullion
BoyceFawcettMacdonaldSinodinos
BrandisFierravanti-WellsMasonSmith
BushbyFifieldMcKenzieWilliams
CashHeffernanParry

NOES, 38


Senators—
BilykFaulknerMcLucasThistlethwaite
BishopFurnerMilneThorp
BrownGallacherMooreUrquhart
CameronHanson-YoungPolleyWaters
Carr, KimHoggPrattWhish-Wilson
CollinsLudlamRhiannonWong
ConroyLudwigSiewertWright
CrossinLundySinghXenophon
Di NataleMarshallStephens
FarrellMcEwen (Teller)Sterle

Question negatived.