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MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGED CARE—MOTION OF CENSURE

Mr Beazley (Leader of the Opposition), by leave, moved—That this House censures the Minister for Health and Aged Care for:

(1) the clear evidence (both direct and corroborative) provided in the Auditor-General's report that he disclosed a Budget proposal at a meeting on 6 May 1998, when he had a duty as a Commonwealth office holder not to do so;

(2) the misleading and false statements he has made to the House on this matter; and

(3) the negligent and incompetent handling of the entire MRI negotiation process in 1998 for which he, as Minister, was ultimately responsible.

Debate ensued.

Question—put.

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

AYES, 63

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

NOES, 74

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr LiebermanMr Scott
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr LindsayMr Secker
Mr AndrenMr FischerMr LloydMr Slipper
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr Forrest*Mr McArthur*Mr Somlyay
Mr AnthonyMrs GallusMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Fran BaileyMs GambaroMr McGauranDr Stone
Mr BairdMrs GashMrs MayMrs Sullivan
Mr BarresiMr HaaseMr MooreMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMr HardgraveMrs MoylanMr A. P. Thomson
Mr BillsonMr HawkerMr NairnMr Truss
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HockeyMr NehlMr Tuckey
Ms J. I. BishopMr HowardDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr BroughMrs HullMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CadmanMr JullMr NugentMr Wakelin
Mr CameronMr KatterMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CausleyMrs D. M. KellyMr PyneDr Wooldridge
Mr CharlesJackie KellyMr ReithMs Worth
Mr DownerDr KempMr Ronaldson
Mrs DraperMr LawlerMr St Clair

* Tellers

Pairs

Mr Fahey Mr Sciacca

Mr Schultz Mrs Crosio

And so it was negatived.