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     2   SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS MOVED

Ms Burney moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Barton from moving the following motion forthwith—That the House:

(1)        notes:

(a)        the Government has released highly confidential personal information of Centrelink customers to the media as part of a vindictive political campaign to punish some of Australia’s most vulnerable people for speaking out against the Government’s robo-debt mess; and

(b)        there are serious questions about the legality of the Government’s actions and whether they constitute breaches of the Privacy Act;

(2)        calls on the Minister for Human Services to attend the House to provide a full account of the:

(a)        specific provision of the Privacy Act or any other legislation that the Government claims gives it the legal right to release this highly confidential personal information to the media; and

(b)        involvement of himself, his office, his Department and Centrelink in releasing this highly confidential personal information to the media; and

(3)        condemns the Minister for releasing the personal information of Australians for vindictive political purposes.

Debate ensued.

Member directed to leave

At 12.18 pm the Member for Griffith ( Ms T. M. Butler ) was directed, under standing order 94, to leave the Chamber for one hour for interjecting and she accordingly left the Chamber.

Debate continued.

The time allowed by standing order 1 for debate on the motion having expired—

Question—That the motion for the suspension of standing orders be agreed to—put.

A division having been called for, in accordance with standing order 133 the division was deferred until after the matter of public importance.