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PRIVILEGES—STANDING COMMITTEE—PROPOSED REFERENCE

The Minister for Employment Participation (Senator Arbib), at the request of the Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved matter of privilege notice of motion no. 1—That the following matters be referred to the Committee of Privileges:

 (a) whether any false or misleading evidence was given to the Economics Legislation Committee at its hearing on 19 June 2009; and

 (b) whether there was any improper interference with the proceedings of the committee, or any misleading of the committee, by the use of a false document as a basis for questioning of a witness;


and whether any contempt was committed in that regard.

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

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

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Statements by leave: Senator Ludwig, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin), the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), the Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding) and Senator Xenophon, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Leave refused: The Minister for Climate Change and Water (Senator Wong) sought leave to make a statement relating to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Forshaw

Furner

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Ludwig

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Milne

Moore

O'Brien (Teller)

Polley

Pratt

Sherry

Siewert

Sterle

Wong

Wortley

Xenophon

NOES, 34

Senators—

Adams

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Cormann

Eggleston

Ferguson

Fielding

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

Minchin

Nash

Parry (Teller)

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Trood

Williams

The ayes and noes were equal and so the question was negatived.

Statements by leave: Senators Bob Brown and Xenophon, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.