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22    Historical Events—Howard Government—20th Anniversary

Senator McEwen, at the request of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1059—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that 2 March 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the election of the Howard Government in 1996;

    (b)   recalls the record of the Howard Government, including:

                  (i)   dogs on the waterfront,

                 (ii)   the false claim that children of asylum seekers had been thrown overboard,

                (iii)   committing Australia to the war in Iraq on a false premise,

                (iv)   refusing to sign the Kyoto protocol,

                 (v)   regional rorts,

                (vi)   wheat for weapons,

               (vii)   the absence of economic reform,

              (viii)   failing to support the transition of Australia to a republic,

                (ix)   refusing to say sorry to Indigenous Australians for past wrongs,

                 (x)   its 10 point plan to amend native title legislation following the Wik decision,

                (xi)   spending over $1 billion on government advertising,

               (xii)   WorkChoices, and

              (xiii)   the erosion of decent standards in our public affairs; and

     (c)   calls on all Australians not to forget the legacy of the Howard Government and its contribution to public policy in this country.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Brown

Hanson-Young

McEwen (Teller)

Rice

Bullock

Ketter

McKim

Siewert

Cameron

Lines

McLucas

Simms

Carr

Ludlam

Moore

Singh

Collins

Ludwig

O’Neill

Urquhart

Dastyari

Marshall

Peris

Waters

Di Natale

McAllister

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Gallagher

 

 

 

NOES, 30

Senators—

Abetz

Day

Lindgren

Parry

Back

Edwards

Macdonald

Payne

Bernardi

Fawcett

Madigan

Reynolds

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Ryan

Bushby (Teller)

Fifield

McKenzie

Seselja

Canavan

Heffernan

Nash

Smith

Cash

Johnston

O’Sullivan

Williams

Colbeck

Lazarus

 

 

 

Question negatived.