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QUESTIONS

Questions without notice being asked—

Member ordered to withdraw

At 2.23 p.m. the Member for Cowan (Mr Edwards) was ordered, under standing order 304A, to withdraw from the House for one hour for disorderly behaviour, and he accordingly withdrew from the Chamber.

Questions without notice continuing—

Paper

Mr Crean (Leader of the Opposition), by leave, presented the following paper:

Op Relex—SIEV 4 list of chronological events for the 7 October 2001 boarding—Copy of telex from HMAS Adelaideto Maritime Commander Australia, 10 October 2001.

Questions without notice continuing—

Paper

Mr Howard (Prime Minister), by leave, presented the following paper:

SIEV 4—Statement by Peter Reith, 21 February 2002.

Questions without notice continuing—

Prime Minister—Motion of censure

Mr Crean, by leave, moved—That this House censure the Prime Minister for the cover up of the children overboard affair as revealed by:

(1) the startling new information that the former Minister for Defence, Mr Reith, was advised by the Acting Chief of the Defence Force on November 7 that children were not thrown overboard;

(2) the failure of Mr Reith to immediately correct the public record;

(3) the failure of the Prime Minister to truthfully detail the nature of his conversations with Mr Reith on the night of 7 November 2001, in which they discussed the veracity of the claim that children had been thrown overboard; and

(4) the failure of the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mr Max Moore-Wilton, to tell the truth to a Senate Estimates Committee on Monday that he had been informed the previous Friday of the conversation between Mr Reith and the Acting Chief of the Defence Force.

Debate ensued.

Mr Abbott (Leader of the House) moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"this House censures the Leader of the Opposition for deceiving the Australian people before the last election in the full knowledge that the Labor Party's Policy on border protection would be abandoned on coming to Government".

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

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

AYES, 80

Mr AbbottMr DownerMr JullMr Ruddock
Mr AndersonMrs DraperMr KatterMr Schultz
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr DuttonMrs D. M. KellyMr Scott
Mr AnthonyMrs ElsonJackie KellyMr Secker
Fran BaileyMr EntschDr KempMr Slipper
Mr BairdMr FarmerMrs LeyMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BaldwinMr Forrest*Mr LindsayMr Somlyay
Mr BarresiMrs GallusMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BartlettMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BillsonMrs GashMr McGauranMr C. P. Thompson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr GeorgiouMrs MayMr Ticehurst
Ms J. I. BishopMr HaaseMrs MoylanMr Tollner
Mr BroughMr HardgraveMr NairnMr Truss
Mr CadmanMr HartsuykerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr CameronMr HawkerMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CausleyMr HockeyMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CharlesMr HowardMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CioboMrs HullMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CobbMr HuntMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CostelloMr JohnsonMr RandallMs Worth

NOES, 66

Mr AdamsMr L. D. T. FergusonMs LivermoreMs Roxon
Mr AlbaneseMr M. J. FergusonMr McClellandMr Rudd
Mr AndrenMr FitzgibbonMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sawford
Mr BeazleyMs GeorgeMs MacklinMr Sciacca
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMr McLeayMr Sercombe
Mr BreretonMs GillardMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Ms BurkeMs GriersonDr MartinMr S. F. Smith
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr MelhamMr Snowdon
Ms CorcoranMs HallMr MossfieldMr Swan
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MurphyMr Tanner
Mr CreanMs HoareMs O'ByrneMr K. J. Thomson
Mrs CrosioMrs IrwinMr B. P. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr Danby*Mr JenkinsMr G. M. O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr EdwardsMr KerrMs PlibersekMr Windsor
Ms EllisMs C. F. KingMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr EmersonMr LathamMr Quick*
Mr EvansDr LawrenceMr Ripoll

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question—That the motion, as amended, be agreed to—put.

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

AYES, 80

Mr AbbottMr DownerMr JullMr Ruddock
Mr AndersonMrs DraperMr KatterMr Schultz
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr DuttonMrs D. M. KellyMr Scott
Mr AnthonyMrs ElsonJackie KellyMr Secker
Fran BaileyMr EntschDr KempMr Slipper
Mr BairdMr FarmerMrs LeyMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BaldwinMr Forrest*Mr LindsayMr Somlyay
Mr BarresiMrs GallusMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BartlettMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BillsonMrs GashMr McGauranMr C. P. Thompson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr GeorgiouMrs MayMr Ticehurst
Ms J. I. BishopMr HaaseMrs MoylanMr Tollner
Mr BroughMr HardgraveMr NairnMr Truss
Mr CadmanMr HartsuykerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr CameronMr HawkerMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CausleyMr HockeyMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CharlesMr HowardMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CioboMrs HullMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CobbMr HuntMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CostelloMr JohnsonMr RandallMs Worth

NOES, 66

Mr AdamsMr L. D. T. FergusonMs LivermoreMs Roxon
Mr AlbaneseMr M. J. FergusonMr McClellandMr Rudd
Mr AndrenMr FitzgibbonMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sawford
Mr BeazleyMs GeorgeMs MacklinMr Sciacca
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMr McLeayMr Sercombe
Mr BreretonMs GillardMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Ms BurkeMs GriersonDr MartinMr S. F. Smith
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr MelhamMr Snowdon
Ms CorcoranMs HallMr MossfieldMr Swan
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MurphyMr Tanner
Mr CreanMs HoareMs O'ByrneMr K. J. Thomson
Mrs CrosioMrs IrwinMr B. P. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr Danby*Mr JenkinsMr G. M. O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr EdwardsMr KerrMs PlibersekMr Windsor
Ms EllisMs C. F. KingMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr EmersonMr LathamMr Quick*
Mr EvansDr LawrenceMr Ripoll

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Questions without notice concluded.