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Questions without notice being asked—

Suspension of standing orders moved—Motion without notice

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 censures the Prime Minister's former Parliamentary Secretary to Cabinet, Senator Heffernan, for his:

(1) persistent denigration of institutions fundamental to Australian democracy, including the public service, the defence forces, the Parliament and the courts;

(2) failure to defend the reputation of a judge and the High Court of Australia;

(3) failure to prevent the deliberate, cowardly, false and unjustified attack by the Prime Minister's former Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet, Senator Heffernan, which sought to damage the reputation of a justice of the High Court of Australia;

(4) failure to ensure that all the alleged evidence in Senator Heffernan's possession was referred to the proper authorities for investigation prior to the Senator making his allegations in the Parliament;

(5) continued use of the media and the Parliament to repeat and expand upon Senator Heffernan's allegations in relation to the judge;

(6) failure to adequately inquire into the veracity of the alleged evidence in Senator Heffernan's possession;

(7) failure to prevent the raising of allegations in the Parliament that had repeatedly been found by the proper authorities not to have any substance and for which the Senator had no new credible or substantive evidence; and

(8) blatant disregard for the truth, particularly the Government's willingness to propagate and rely on a document that contains falsehoods to substantiate the Senator's allegations.

Debate ensued.

Member ordered to withdraw

At 3.29 p.m. the Member for Oxley (Mr Ripoll) 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 he accordingly withdrew from the Chamber.

Debate continued.

The time allowed by standing order 91 for debate on the motion having expired—


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

AYES, 64

Mr AdamsMr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr Price
Mr AlbaneseMr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Quick*
Mr AndrenMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMs Roxon
Mr BeazleyMs GeorgeMr McClellandMr Rudd
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sawford
Mr BreretonMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sercombe
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMr McLeayMr Sidebottom
Ms CorcoranMr GriffinMr McMullanMr S. F. Smith
Mr CoxMs HallDr MartinMr Snowdon
Mr CreanMr HattonMr MelhamMr Swan
Mrs CrosioMs HoareMr MossfieldMr Tanner
Mr Danby*Mrs IrwinMr MurphyMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMs O'ByrneMs Vamvakinou
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMr B. P. O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr G. M. O'ConnorMr Windsor
Mr EvansMs C. F. KingMs PlibersekMr Zahra

NOES, 78

Mr AbbottMr DownerMrs D. M. KellyMr Schultz
Mr AndersonMrs DraperDr KempMr Scott
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr DuttonMr P. E. KingMr Secker
Mr AnthonyMrs ElsonMrs LeyMr Slipper
Fran BaileyMr EntschMr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BairdMr FarmerMr LloydDr Southcott
Mr BaldwinMr Forrest*Mr McArthur*Dr Stone
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMrs GashMr McGauranMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMrs MayMr Tollner
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMrs MoylanMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveMr NairnMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HartsuykerDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr HawkerMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr HockeyMs PanopoulosMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMrs HullMr PearceDr Washer
Mr CharlesMr HuntMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr PyneMs Worth
Mr CobbMr JullMr Randall
Mr CostelloMr KatterMr Ruddock

* Tellers

And so it was negatived.

Questions without notice concluded.