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SUSPENSION OF STANDING AND SESSIONAL ORDERS MOVED

Mr Beazley (Leader of the Opposition) moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition moving forthwith—That the House calls on the Minister for Health and Aged Care to attend the House immediately and explain:

(1) his culpability for radiologists becoming aware on 6 May 1998 of confidential official information regarding a Budget measure on MRI machines, which was subsequently announced on 12 May 1998;

(2) his culpability for the surge in MRI orders between 6 and 12 May 1998, triggered by a disclosure of confidential official information;

(3) his misleading denials in the House since February 1999 of any confidential official information having been disclosed prior to the 1998 Budget, in the face of the finding by the Auditor-General that, on the balance of probabilities, such a disclosure had, in fact, taken place; and

(4) why, given his culpability for the disclosure and his misleading denials regarding disclosure in the House, he should not resign immediately on the basis of the Auditor-General's damning findings of (a) inappropriate disclosure of confidential official information prior to the 1998 Budget and (b) grossly inadequate decision-making process and negotiating practice employed by the Minister and his Department in the development of the 1998 MRI Budget measure.

Closure of Member

Mr Reith (Leader of the House) moved—That the Member be not further heard.

Question—put.

The House divided (the Speaker, Mr J. N. Andrew, in the Chair)—

AYES, 75

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr LindsayMr Scott
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr LloydMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FischerMr McArthur*Mr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneMr Somlyay
Fran BaileyMrs GallusMr McGauranDr Southcott
Mr BairdMs GambaroMrs MayDr Stone
Mr BarresiMrs GashMr MooreMrs Sullivan
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMr NairnMr A. P. Thomson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMr NehlMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMrs HullMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr JullMr NugentMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr KatterMr ProsserMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMrs D. M. KellyMr PyneDr Washer
Mr CharlesJackie KellyMr ReithMr Williams
Mr CostelloDr KempMr RonaldsonDr Wooldridge
Mr DownerMr LawlerMr RuddockMs Worth
Mrs DraperMr LiebermanMr St Clair

NOES, 60

Mr AlbaneseMs GerickMs LivermoreMr Price
Mr BeazleyMr GibbonsMr McClellandMr Quick
Mr BevisMs GillardMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Ripoll
Mr BreretonMr GriffinMs MacklinMs Roxon
Ms BurkeMs HallMr McLeayMr Rudd
Mr ByrneMr HattonMr McMullanMr Sawford*
Mr CoxMs HoareMr MartinMr Sercombe*
Mr CreanMr HollisMr MelhamMr Sidebottom
Mr DanbyMr HorneMr MorrisMr Smith
Mr EdwardsMrs IrwinMr MossfieldMr Swan
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMr MurphyMr Tanner
Mr EmersonMs KernotMs O'ByrneMr K. J. Thomson
Mr M. J. EvansMr KerrMr O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr O'KeefeMr Wilton
Mr FitzgibbonDr LawrenceMs PlibersekMr Zahra

* Tellers

Pairs

Mr Fahey Mr Sciacca

Mr Schultz Mrs Crosio

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Ms Macklin (seconder) addressing the House—

Closure of Member

Mr Reith moved—That the Member be not further heard.


Question—put.

The House divided (the Speaker, Mr J. N. Andrew, in the Chair)—

AYES, 75

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr LindsayMr Scott
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr LloydMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FischerMr McArthur*Mr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneMr Somlyay
Fran BaileyMrs GallusMr McGauranDr Southcott
Mr BairdMs GambaroMrs MayDr Stone
Mr BarresiMrs GashMr MooreMrs Sullivan
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMr NairnMr A. P. Thomson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMr NehlMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMrs HullMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr JullMr NugentMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr KatterMr ProsserMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMrs D. M. KellyMr PyneDr Washer
Mr CharlesJackie KellyMr ReithMr Williams
Mr CostelloDr KempMr RonaldsonDr Wooldridge
Mr DownerMr LawlerMr RuddockMs Worth
Mrs DraperMr LiebermanMr St Clair

NOES, 62

Mr AdamsMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr Quick
Mr AlbaneseMs GerickMr McClellandMr Ripoll
Mr BeazleyMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMs Roxon
Mr BevisMs GillardMs MacklinMr Rudd
Mr BreretonMr GriffinMr McLeayMr Sawford*
Ms BurkeMs HallMr McMullanMr Sercombe*
Mr ByrneMr HattonMr MartinMr Sidebottom
Mr CoxMs HoareMr MelhamMr Smith
Mr CreanMr HollisMr MorrisMr Swan
Mr DanbyMr HorneMr MossfieldMr Tanner
Mr EdwardsMrs IrwinMr MurphyMr K. J. Thomson
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMs O'ByrneMr Wilkie
Mr EmersonMs KernotMr O'ConnorMr Wilton
Mr M. J. EvansMr KerrMr O'KeefeMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMs Plibersek
Mr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Price

* Tellers

Pairs

Mr Fahey Mr Sciacca

Mr Schultz Mrs Crosio

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.


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

The House divided (the Speaker, Mr J. N. Andrew, in the Chair)—

AYES, 62

Mr AdamsMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr Quick
Mr AlbaneseMs GerickMr McClellandMr Ripoll
Mr BeazleyMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMs Roxon
Mr BevisMs GillardMs MacklinMr Rudd
Mr BreretonMr GriffinMr McLeayMr Sawford*
Ms BurkeMs HallMr McMullanMr Sercombe*
Mr ByrneMr HattonMr MartinMr Sidebottom
Mr CoxMs HoareMr MelhamMr Smith
Mr CreanMr HollisMr MorrisMr Swan
Mr DanbyMr HorneMr MossfieldMr Tanner
Mr EdwardsMrs IrwinMr MurphyMr K. J. Thomson
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMs O'ByrneMr Wilkie
Mr EmersonMs KernotMr O'ConnorMr Wilton
Mr M. J. EvansMr KerrMr O'KeefeMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMs Plibersek
Mr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Price

NOES, 75

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr LindsayMr Scott
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr LloydMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FischerMr McArthur*Mr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneMr Somlyay
Fran BaileyMrs GallusMr McGauranDr Southcott
Mr BairdMs GambaroMrs MayDr Stone
Mr BarresiMrs GashMr MooreMrs Sullivan
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMr NairnMr A. P. Thomson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMr NehlMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMrs HullMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr JullMr NugentMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr KatterMr ProsserMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMrs D. M. KellyMr PyneDr Washer
Mr CharlesJackie KellyMr ReithMr Williams
Mr CostelloDr KempMr RonaldsonDr Wooldridge
Mr DownerMr LawlerMr RuddockMs Worth
Mrs DraperMr LiebermanMr St Clair

* Tellers


Pairs

Mr Fahey Mr Sciacca

Mr Schultz Mrs Crosio

And so it was negatived.