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 4 SUSPENSION OF STANDING AND SESSIONAL ORDERS MOVED

Mr Crean (Leader of the Opposition) moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving—That the Minister for Foreign Affairs come forthwith before the House and:

(1) table a copy of the final version of the record of conversation that took place between the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the New Zealand High Commissioner on 24 October 2002;

(2) explain why the final version of that record of conversation was amended from the draft version, in particular to delete the words "other presence";

(3) explain why the Minister has claimed that the conversation only referred to the Multilateral Interception Force when at that time Australia had other forces in the Gulf that were not and continue not to be part of the Multilateral Interception Force;

(4) explain why, contrary to its repeated denials that the Government has committed Australian troops to a war against Iraq, the Minister for Foreign Affairs told a foreign diplomat that "Australia was not in a position, if the UN process broke down, to withdraw our ships and other presence from the Gulf";

(5) explain why this fact could be told to a foreign diplomat and not the Australian people; and

(6) explain his subsequent statements that Australia's commitment to the Multinational Interception Force cannot be withdrawn from the Gulf but Australia's forward deployment of troops can, especially given that as part of the Government's "forward deployment" of troops to Iraq the HMAS Kanimbla has been initially committed to the Multilateral Interception Force.

Closure of Member

Mr Abbott (Leader of the House) moved—That the Member be not further heard.

Question—put.

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

AYES, 76

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonDr KempMr Schultz
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr P. E. KingMr Scott
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FarmerMrs LeyMr Secker
Mr AnthonyMr Forrest*Mr LindsayMr Slipper
Fran BaileyMrs GallusMr LloydMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BairdMs GambaroMr McArthur*Mr Somlyay
Mr BarresiMrs GashMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMr McGauranDr Stone
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMrs MayMr C. P. Thompson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMrs MoylanMr Ticehurst
Ms J. I. BishopMr HartsuykerMr NairnMr Tollner
Mr BroughMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Truss
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMr NevilleMr Tuckey
Mr CausleyMrs HullMs PanopoulosMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CioboMr HuntMr PearceMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CobbMr JohnsonMr ProsserMr Wakelin
Mr DownerMr JullMr PyneDr Washer
Mrs DraperMrs D. M. KellyMr RandallMr Williams
Mr DuttonJackie KellyMr RuddockMs Worth

NOES, 65

Mr AdamsMr L. D. T. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Rudd
Mr AlbaneseMr M. J. FergusonMr McClellandMr Sawford
Mr AndrenMr FitzgibbonMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sciacca
Mr BeazleyMs GeorgeMr McLeayMr Sercombe
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Mr BreretonMs GillardMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Ms BurkeMs GriersonMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr MurphyMr Swan
Ms CorcoranMs HallMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr CoxMr HattonMr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr CreanMs HoareMr G. M. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mrs CrosioMrs IrwinMr OrganMr Wilkie
Mr Danby*Ms JacksonMs PlibersekMr Windsor
Mr EdwardsMr JenkinsMr PriceMr Zahra
Ms EllisMr KerrMr Quick*
Mr EmersonMs C. F. KingMr Ripoll
Mr EvansMr LathamMs Roxon

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Rudd (seconder) addressing the House—

Closure

Mr Abbott moved—That the question be now put.

Question—That the question be now put—put.

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

AYES, 77

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr P. E. KingMr Secker
Mr AndersonMr EntschMrs LeyMr Slipper
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FarmerMr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr AnthonyMr Forrest*Mr LloydMr Somlyay
Fran BaileyMrs GallusMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BairdMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BarresiMrs GashMr McGauranMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMrs MayMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMrs MoylanMr Tollner
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMr NairnMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HartsuykerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HawkerMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMrs HullMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMr HuntMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CobbMr JullMr RandallMs Worth
Mr DownerMrs D. M. KellyMr Ruddock
Mrs DraperJackie KellyMr Schultz
Mr DuttonDr KempMr Scott

NOES, 64

Mr AdamsMr EvansMs C. F. KingMr Ripoll
Mr AlbaneseMr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMs Roxon
Mr AndrenMr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Rudd
Mr BeazleyMr FitzgibbonMr McClellandMr Sawford
Mr BevisMs GeorgeMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sciacca
Mr BreretonMr GibbonsMr McMullanMr Sercombe
Ms BurkeMs GillardMr MelhamMr Sidebottom
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMr MossfieldMr S. F. Smith
Ms CorcoranMr GriffinMr MurphyMr Snowdon
Mr CoxMs HallMs O'ByrneMr Swan
Mr CreanMr HattonMr B. P. O'ConnorMr Tanner
Mrs CrosioMs HoareMr G. M. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr Danby*Mrs IrwinMr OrganMs Vamvakinou
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMs PlibersekMr Wilkie
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMr PriceMr Windsor
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr Quick*Mr Zahra

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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

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

AYES, 64

Mr AdamsMr EvansMs C. F. KingMr Ripoll
Mr AlbaneseMr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMs Roxon
Mr AndrenMr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Rudd
Mr BeazleyMr FitzgibbonMr McClellandMr Sawford
Mr BevisMs GeorgeMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sciacca
Mr BreretonMr GibbonsMr McMullanMr Sercombe
Ms BurkeMs GillardMr MelhamMr Sidebottom
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMr MossfieldMr S. F. Smith
Ms CorcoranMr GriffinMr MurphyMr Snowdon
Mr CoxMs HallMs O'ByrneMr Swan
Mr CreanMr HattonMr B. P. O'ConnorMr Tanner
Mrs CrosioMs HoareMr G. M. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr Danby*Mrs IrwinMr OrganMs Vamvakinou
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMs PlibersekMr Wilkie
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMr PriceMr Windsor
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr Quick*Mr Zahra

NOES, 77

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr P. E. KingMr Secker
Mr AndersonMr EntschMrs LeyMr Slipper
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FarmerMr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr AnthonyMr Forrest*Mr LloydMr Somlyay
Fran BaileyMrs GallusMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BairdMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BarresiMrs GashMr McGauranMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMrs MayMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMrs MoylanMr Tollner
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMr NairnMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HartsuykerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HawkerMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMrs HullMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMr HuntMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CobbMr JullMr RandallMs Worth
Mr DownerMrs D. M. KellyMr Ruddock
Mrs DraperJackie KellyMr Schultz
Mr DuttonDr KempMr Scott

* Tellers

And so it was negatived.