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COMMONWEALTH ELECTORAL AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 1) 2002

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr Emerson, viz.—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "the House is of the opinion that the bill should not be proceeded with, and:

(1) calls on the Prime Minister to honour his promise to release the Tax Office audit report into the GST activities of the Queensland Division of the Liberal Party;

(2) notes that the audit confirmed that the GST scam perpetrated in the Groom FEC was conducted more generally by the Liberal Party throughout other areas of Queensland;

(3) notes that the Tax Office imposed a 50% penalty tax on the Queensland Division of the Liberal Party, indicating the falsehood of government claims that the GST scam was an `error' or a `mistake';

(4) calls on the Treasurer to explain the details of the $143,000 worth of sponsorships and internal Liberal Party transfers upon which GST was not paid when it should have been; and

(5) calls on the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources to explain whether or not his FEC used the proceeds of the GST scam, which were in the FEC bank account as at August 2001, for his re-election campaign"—

Debate resumed.

Question—That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question—put.

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

AYES, 70

Mr AbbottMrs DraperDr KempMr Secker
Mr AndersonMr DuttonMrs LeyMr Slipper
Mr K. J. AndrewsMrs ElsonMr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr AnthonyMr EntschMr LloydMr Somlyay
Fran BaileyMr FarmerMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BairdMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BaldwinMs GambaroMrs MayMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BarresiMrs GashMrs MoylanMr Ticehurst
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMr NairnMr Tollner
Mr BillsonMr HaaseDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Ms J. I. BishopMr HartsuykerMs PanopoulosMr Wakelin
Mr BroughMr HawkerMr PearceDr Washer
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CameronMrs HullMr PyneMr Windsor
Mr CausleyMr HuntMr RandallMs Worth
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr Schultz
Mr CobbMrs D. M. KellyMr Scott

NOES, 59

Mr AdamsMr M. J. FergusonMs LivermoreMs Roxon
Mr BeazleyMr FitzgibbonMr McClellandMr Rudd
Mr BevisMs GeorgeMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sawford
Mr BreretonMr GibbonsMs MacklinMr Sciacca
Mr ByrneMs GillardMr McMullanMr Sercombe
Ms CorcoranMr GriffinDr MartinMr Sidebottom
Mr CoxMs HallMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Mr CreanMr HattonMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mrs CrosioMs HoareMr MurphyMr Swan
Mr Danby*Mrs IrwinMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Ms EllisMr KerrMs PlibersekMs Vamvakinou
Mr EmersonMs C. F. KingMr PriceMr Wilkie
Mr EvansMr LathamMr Quick*Mr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Ripoll

* Tellers

Pairs

Jackie Kelly Ms Burke

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question—That the Bill be now read a second time—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Message from the Governor-General

Message No. 13, 14 March 2002, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Bill.

Leave granted for third reading to be moved forthwith.

On the motion of Mr Slipper (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration), the Bill was read a third time.