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ECONOMICS—ECONOMIC STRATEGY

Senator Parry, at the request of Senator McGauran and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 319—That the Senate—

 (a) notes and commends the honesty of the Deputy Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) for saying on ABC TV Breakfast on 7 November 2008, `When we put the Budget together in May, obviously we weren't predicting, and no one was predicting, the global financial crisis which then emerged';

 (b) notes the contradictory statement made by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) when during question time on 27 November 2008 he said, `In the May budget the government was acutely aware of the risks posed by the global financial crisis';


 (c) notes, with concern, the Rudd Labor Government's lack of coherent economic strategy in the face of the global financial crisis; and

 (d) calls on the Government to level with the people of Australia and concentrate on managing the Australian economy instead of managing the 24-hour news cycle.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,32


Senators—
BarnettCormannHumphriesParry (Teller)
BernardiEgglestonJoycePayne
BirminghamEllisonKrogerRonaldson
BrandisFergusonMacdonaldRyan
BushbyFierravanti-WellsMasonScullion
CashFifieldMcGauranTroeth
ColbeckFisherMinchinTrood
CoonanHeffernanNashWilliams

NOES, 34


Senators—
ArbibEvansHurleyMoore
BilykFarrellHutchinsPratt
BishopFaulknerLudlamSiewert
Brown, BobFeeneyLudwigStephens
Brown, CarolFieldingLundySterle
CameronForshawMarshallWortley
CollinsFurnerMcEwen (Teller)Xenophon
ConroyHanson-YoungMcLucas
CrossinHoggMilne

Question negatived.