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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—FUEL EXCISE INCREASE

The House was informed that Mr Beazley (Leader of the Opposition) had proposed that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the House for discussion, namely, "The failure of the Government to freeze the February 1 fuel excise increase in order to give struggling Australian motorists relief from higher fuel prices caused by the GST—in direct breach of the Government's promise".

The proposed discussion having received the necessary support—

Mr Beazley addressed the House.

Discussion ensued.


Suspension of standing and sessional orders moved

Mr Crean (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent:

(1) the Leader of the Opposition from introducing forthwith a bill to reverse the 1 February excise rate increase for petroleum and a bill to reverse the related customs rate increase, and

(2) the bills being passed through all stages without delay.

Closure of Member

Mr Williams (Attorney-General) moved—That the Member be not further heard.

Question—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Jenkins, in the Chair)—

AYES, 71

Mr AbbottMr EntschMr LloydMr Secker
Mr AndersonMr FischerMr McArthur*Mr Slipper
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneMr Somlyay
Mr AnthonyMrs GallusMr McGauranDr Southcott
Mr BairdMs GambaroMrs MayDr Stone
Mr BarresiMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMrs Sullivan
Mr BartlettMr HaaseMr NairnMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr HardgraveMr NehlMr A. P. Thomson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HockeyMr NevilleMr Tuckey
Mr CadmanMrs HullMr NugentMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CameronMr JullMr ProsserMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMrs D. M. KellyMr PyneMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesJackie KellyMr ReithDr Washer
Mr CostelloDr KempMr RonaldsonMr Williams
Mr DownerMr LawlerMr RuddockDr Wooldridge
Mrs DraperMr LiebermanMr St ClairMs Worth
Mrs ElsonMr LindsayMr Scott

NOES, 63

Mr AdamsMr M. J. EvansMr LathamMr Quick
Mr AlbaneseMr L. D. T. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Ripoll
Mr AndrenMr M. J. FergusonMr LeeMs Roxon
Mr BeazleyMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr Rudd
Mr BevisMs GerickMr McClellandMr Sawford*
Mr BreretonMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sercombe*
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr McLeayMr Sidebottom
Ms CorcoranMs HallMr McMullanMr Snowdon
Mr CoxMr HattonDr MartinMr Swan
Mr CreanMs HoareMr MelhamMr Tanner
Mrs CrosioMr HollisMr MossfieldDr Theophanous
Mr DanbyMr HorneMr MurphyMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EdwardsMrs IrwinMr O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Ms EllisMs KernotMr O'KeefeMr Zahra
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr Price

* Tellers

Pairs

Mr Fahey Ms O'Byrne

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Beazley (seconder) addressing the House—

Closure of Member

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

Question—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Jenkins, in the Chair)—

AYES, 71

Mr AbbottMr EntschMr LloydMr Secker
Mr AndersonMr FischerMr McArthur*Mr Slipper
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneMr Somlyay
Mr AnthonyMrs GallusMr McGauranDr Southcott
Mr BairdMs GambaroMrs MayDr Stone
Mr BarresiMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMrs Sullivan
Mr BartlettMr HaaseMr NairnMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr HardgraveMr NehlMr A. P. Thomson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HockeyMr NevilleMr Tuckey
Mr CadmanMrs HullMr NugentMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CameronMr JullMr ProsserMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMrs D. M. KellyMr PyneMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesJackie KellyMr ReithDr Washer
Mr CostelloDr KempMr RonaldsonMr Williams
Mr DownerMr LawlerMr RuddockDr Wooldridge
Mrs DraperMr LiebermanMr St ClairMs Worth
Mrs ElsonMr LindsayMr Scott

NOES, 63

Mr AdamsMr M. J. EvansMr LathamMr Quick
Mr AlbaneseMr L. D. T. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Ripoll
Mr AndrenMr M. J. FergusonMr LeeMs Roxon
Mr BeazleyMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr Rudd
Mr BevisMs GerickMr McClellandMr Sawford*
Mr BreretonMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sercombe*
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr McLeayMr Sidebottom
Ms CorcoranMs HallMr McMullanMr Snowdon
Mr CoxMr HattonDr MartinMr Swan
Mr CreanMs HoareMr MelhamMr Tanner
Mrs CrosioMr HollisMr MossfieldDr Theophanous
Mr DanbyMr HorneMr MurphyMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EdwardsMrs IrwinMr O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Ms EllisMs KernotMr O'KeefeMr Zahra
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr Price

* Tellers

Pairs

Mr Fahey Ms O'Byrne

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Closure

Mr Williams moved—That the question be now put.


Question—That the question be now put—put and passed.

And the question—That the motion for the suspension of standing and sessional orders be agreed to—being accordingly put—

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Jenkins, in the Chair)—

AYES, 63

Mr AdamsMr M. J. EvansMr LathamMr Quick
Mr AlbaneseMr L. D. T. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Ripoll
Mr AndrenMr M. J. FergusonMr LeeMs Roxon
Mr BeazleyMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr Rudd
Mr BevisMs GerickMr McClellandMr Sawford*
Mr BreretonMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sercombe*
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr McLeayMr Sidebottom
Ms CorcoranMs HallMr McMullanMr Snowdon
Mr CoxMr HattonDr MartinMr Swan
Mr CreanMs HoareMr MelhamMr Tanner
Mrs CrosioMr HollisMr MossfieldDr Theophanous
Mr DanbyMr HorneMr MurphyMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EdwardsMrs IrwinMr O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Ms EllisMs KernotMr O'KeefeMr Zahra
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr Price

NOES, 71

Mr AbbottMr EntschMr LloydMr Secker
Mr AndersonMr FischerMr McArthur*Mr Slipper
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneMr Somlyay
Mr AnthonyMrs GallusMr McGauranDr Southcott
Mr BairdMs GambaroMrs MayDr Stone
Mr BarresiMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMrs Sullivan
Mr BartlettMr HaaseMr NairnMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr HardgraveMr NehlMr A. P. Thomson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HockeyMr NevilleMr Tuckey
Mr CadmanMrs HullMr NugentMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CameronMr JullMr ProsserMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMrs D. M. KellyMr PyneMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesJackie KellyMr ReithDr Washer
Mr CostelloDr KempMr RonaldsonMr Williams
Mr DownerMr LawlerMr RuddockDr Wooldridge
Mrs DraperMr LiebermanMr St ClairMs Worth
Mrs ElsonMr LindsayMr Scott

* Tellers

Pairs

Mr Fahey Ms O'Byrne


And so it was negatived.

Discussion continued.

Discussion concluded.