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Questions without notice being asked—


Mr Crean (Leader of the Opposition), by leave, presented the following paper:

Copy of email to Simon Crean, MP, 5 February 2003, concerning Mr Downer's statements and pre-departure exercises by HMAS Kanimbla.

Questions without notice continuing—

Prime Minister—Motion of censure

Mr Crean (Leader of the Opposition), by leave, moved—That this House censures the Prime Minister for:

(1) the Prime Minister's breach of trust with the Australian people in not telling them the truth, that he has already committed Australian troops to a war against Iraq regardless of whether that action is authorised by the United Nations;

(2) the Prime Minister's continuing deceit of the Australian people through his statements that he has not committed Australian troops to war against Iraq despite the leaked record of conversation between the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the New Zealand High Commissioner which shows that "Australia was not in a position, if the UN process broke down, to withdraw our ships and other presence from the Gulf";

(3) the leaked record of conversation's admission that the commitments made by the Prime Minister "could [not] be made publicly"; and

(4) the Prime Minister's continuing failure to deal adequately with the real and immediate threat to Australia and Australians from terrorism in our region.

Debate ensued.


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

AYES, 63

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

NOES, 82

Mr AbbottMrs DraperMrs D. M. KellyMr Schultz
Mr AndersonMr DuttonJackie KellyMr Scott
Mr K. J. AndrewsMrs ElsonDr KempMr Secker
Mr AnthonyMr EntschMr P. E. KingMr Slipper
Fran BaileyMr FarmerMrs LeyMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BairdMr Forrest*Mr LindsayMr Somlyay
Mr BaldwinMrs GallusMr LloydDr Southcott
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
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveMrs MoylanMr Truss
Mr BroughMr HartsuykerMr NairnMr Tuckey
Mr CadmanMr HawkerDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CameronMr HockeyMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMr HowardMs PanopoulosMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesMrs HullMr PearceDr Washer
Mr CioboMr HuntMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CobbMr JohnsonMr PyneMs Worth
Mr CostelloMr JullMr Randall
Mr DownerMr KatterMr Ruddock

* Tellers

And so it was negatived.

Questions without notice concluded.