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PRIVILEGES—STANDING COMMITTEE—PROPOSED REFERENCE

The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding) amended matter of privilege notice of motion no. 2 by leave and, pursuant to notice, moved—That the following matter be referred to the Committee of Privileges:

Whether there was a manipulation of the evidence given before the Standing Committee on Economics at its hearing on 22 October 2008 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 put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 7

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Fielding (Teller)

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Siewert

Xenophon


NOES, 41

Senators—

Adams

Arbib

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Boswell

Brown, Carol

Bushby

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Crossin

Eggleston

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Fifield

Fisher

Furner

Hogg

Humphries

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McGauran

McLucas

Minchin

O'Brien

Parry (Teller)

Payne

Polley

Pratt

Stephens

Troeth

Williams

Wortley

Question negatived.