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PRIVILEGES—STANDING COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Evans), pursuant to notice, moved matter of privilege notice of motion no. 1—That the following matters be referred to the Committee of Privileges for inquiry and report:

In relation to the hearing of the Economics Legislation Committee on 19 June 2009 on the OzCar program:

 (a) whether there was any false or misleading evidence given, particularly by reference to a document that was later admitted to be false;

 (b) whether there was any improper interference with the hearing, particularly by any collusive prearrangement of the questions to be asked and the answers to be given for an undisclosed purpose,

and, if so, whether any contempt was committed in that regard.

Debate ensued.

The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding) moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "and in relation to the hearing of the Standing Committee on Economics on 22 October 2008, whether there was a manipulation of the evidence in relation to the scripting of questions asked in evidence before that committee and, if so, whether any contempt of the Senate was committed in that regard".

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

Main question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Evans

Farrell (Teller)

Faulkner

Feeney

Fielding

Furner

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Milne

O'Brien

Polley

Pratt

Siewert

Stephens

Wong

Wortley

Xenophon

NOES, 32

Senators—

Adams

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Cormann

Eggleston

Ferguson

Fifield

Fisher

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McGauran

Minchin

Parry (Teller)

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Trood

Williams

Question agreed to.