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Questions without notice being asked—


Mr Hockey (Minister for Small Business and Tourism) presented the following paper:

Menu for small business—Page from website of Dick Adams MP, printed 12 March 2002.

Questions without notice continuing—

Member ordered to withdraw

At 3.22 p.m. the Member for Charlton (Ms Hoare) was ordered, under standing order 304A, to withdraw from the House for one hour for continuing to interject after a warning had been given from the Chair, and she accordingly withdrew from the Chamber.

Questions without notice continuing—

Suspension of standing orders—Motion of censure of Prime Minister

Mr Crean (Leader of the Opposition), moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition moving forthwith—That this House censure the Prime Minister for:

(1) his failure to ensure that he upheld his own Guide to Key Elements of Ministerial Responsibility, particularly:

 (a) his failure to correct the public record through his repeated failure to disclose to the Australian public on 8 November 2001, and through his misleading of the House on 14 February 2002, that he was aware of doubts as to the veracity of the photographs of the alleged children overboard incident;

(b) his misleading of the House yesterday in which he failed to disclose that he knew of the transfer of funding for GP House on or before 17 October 2001; and

(2) his failure to ensure that the former Minister for Defence, Mr Reith, upheld the Prime Minister's own Guide to Key Elements of Ministerial Responsibility, particularly the failure of Mr Reith to disclose at the earliest available opportunity that he had been advised on 7 November 2001 by the Acting Chief of the Australian Defence Forces, Air Vice Marshall Houston, that the photographs were not of the alleged children overboard incident; and

(3) his failure to ensure that the Treasurer and the then Minister for Finance, Mr Fahey, upheld the Prime Minister's own Guide to Key Elements of Ministerial Responsibility, particularly the Treasurer's and the former Minister for Finance's failure to fully disclose the source of the funding for GP House in the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook released on 17 October 2001.

Debate ensued.


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

AYES, 60

Mr AdamsMr EvansMr LathamMs Plibersek
Mr AlbaneseMr L. D. T. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Price
Mr BeazleyMr M. J. FergusonMs LivermoreMr Quick*
Mr BevisMs GeorgeMr McClellandMr Ripoll
Mr BreretonMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMs Roxon
Ms BurkeMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sawford
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMr McLeayMr Sercombe
Ms CorcoranMr GriffinMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Mr CoxMs HallDr MartinMr S. F. Smith
Mr CreanMr HattonMr MelhamMr Swan
Mrs CrosioMrs IrwinMr MossfieldMr Tanner
Mr Danby*Ms JacksonMr MurphyMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EdwardsMr JenkinsMs O'ByrneMs Vamvakinou
Ms EllisMr KerrMr B. P. O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr EmersonMs C. F. KingMr G. M. O'ConnorMr Zahra

NOES, 79

Mr AbbottMrs DraperMrs D. M. KellyMr Ruddock
Mr AndersonMr DuttonJackie KellyMr Schultz
Mr K. J. AndrewsMrs ElsonDr KempMr Scott
Mr AnthonyMr EntschMr P. E. KingMr Secker
Fran BaileyMr FarmerMrs LeyMr Slipper
Mr BairdMr Forrest*Mr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BaldwinMrs GallusMr LloydMr Somlyay
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMr McArthur*Dr Stone
Mr BartlettMrs GashMr I. E. MacfarlaneMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMr McGauranMr Ticehurst
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMrs MayMr Tollner
Mr BroughMr HardgraveMrs MoylanMr Truss
Mr CadmanMr HartsuykerMr NairnMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CameronMr HawkerDr NelsonMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMr HockeyMr NevilleMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesMr HowardMs PanopoulosDr Washer
Mr CioboMrs HullMr PearceMr Williams
Mr CobbMr HuntMr ProsserMr Windsor
Mr CostelloMr JohnsonMr PyneMs Worth
Mr DownerMr JullMr Randall

* Tellers

And so it was negatived.

Questions without notice concluded.