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Mr Abbott (Leader of the House), pursuant to notice, moved—That, unless otherwise ordered, standing order 344 be amended as follows for the remainder of the session:

Admission of visitors

344 When a committee or subcommittee is examining a witness, or engaged in other proceedings for the purpose of gathering information, visitors may be admitted. They shall withdraw if requested by the chair or if the committee or subcommittee resolves for their withdrawal. All visitors must withdraw when the committee or subcommittee is deliberating or taking evidence in camera.

Mr Melham moved as an amendment—That all words after `That' be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"the House refers to the Standing Committee on Procedure the question of the interpretation and application of standing order 344 and requires the committee to advise on the adequacy of the standing order in terms of protecting the proper interests of committees of the House, individual Members, witnesses and persons who may be named by witnesses during the course of their evidence".

Debate continued.

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

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

AYES, 75

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

NOES, 65

Mr AdamsMr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Rudd
Mr AlbaneseMr FitzgibbonMr McClellandMr Sawford
Mr AndrenMs GeorgeMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sciacca
Mr BeazleyMr GibbonsMs MacklinMr Sercombe
Mr BevisMs GillardMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Mr BreretonMs GriersonMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Ms BurkeMr GriffinMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mr ByrneMs HallMr MurphyMr Swan
Ms CorcoranMr HattonMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr CoxMs HoareMr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mrs CrosioMrs IrwinMr G. M. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr Danby*Ms JacksonMr OrganMr Wilkie
Mr EdwardsMr JenkinsMs PlibersekMr Windsor
Ms EllisMr KatterMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr Quick*
Mr EvansMs C. F. KingMr Ripoll
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMs Roxon

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question—That the motion be agreed to—put and passed.