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 19 SUSPENSION OF STANDING AND SESSIONAL ORDERS MOVED

Ms Roxon moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Gellibrand moving forthwith a motion that the House:

(a) notes with concern that:

 (i) the Government has failed to respond to evidence of sexual abuse of children in our society and within our public institutions,

(ii) the independent report of the Diocesan Board of Inquiry found that Dr Peter Hollingworth, while occupying a position of public trust as Archbishop of Brisbane, allowed a priest to remain in the ministry after an admission of sexual abuse, and the Board of Inquiry found this decision to be `untenable',

(iii) the Governor-General has admitted that he made a serious error in doing so,

(iv) Dr Peter Hollingworth, through his actions while in the Office of Governor-General, in particular his interview on `Australian Story' and his apparent `reconstruction' of evidence
before the Diocesan Board of Inquiry, has shown himself not to be a person suitable to hold the Office of Governor-General,

(v) members of the House of Representatives, senators, and premiers and members of state parliaments have called upon the Governor-General to resign, or failing that, to be dismissed by the Prime Minister,

(vi) the Governor-General is now no longer able to fulfil his symbolic role as a figure of unity for the Australian people,

(vii) the Governor-General is now no longer able to exercise the constitutional powers of the Office in a manner that will be seen as impartial and non-partisan,

(viii) the Governor-General's action in standing aside until the current Victorian Supreme Court action is resolved, does not address any of the issues surrounding his behaviour as Archbishop of Brisbane, and is therefore inadequate,

(ix) the Governor-General has failed to resign and the Prime Minister has failed to advise the Queen of Australia to dismiss him, and

(x) the Australian Constitution fails to set out any criteria for the dismissal of a Governor-General or a fair process by which this can be achieved; and

(b) urges:

 (i) the Prime Minister to establish a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Australia, and

(ii) the Governor-General to immediately resign or, if he does not do so, the Prime Minister to advise the Queen of Australia to terminate the Commission of the Governor-General.

Closure of Member

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

Question—put.

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

AYES, 74

Mr AbbottMrs DraperMr P. E. KingMr Scott
Mr AndersonMr DuttonMrs LeyMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr EntschMr LindsayMr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMr FarmerMr LloydMr A. D. H. Smith
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr McArthur*Mr Somlyay
Mr BairdMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Mr BaldwinMrs GashMr McGauranDr Stone
Mr BarresiMr GeorgiouMrs MayMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMr HaaseMrs MoylanMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr HardgraveMr NairnMr Truss
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HartsuykerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Ms J. I. BishopMr HawkerMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr BroughMrs HullMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CadmanMr HuntMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CameronMr JohnsonMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CharlesMr JullMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CioboMrs D. M. KellyMr RandallMs Worth
Mr CobbJackie KellyMr Ruddock
Mr CostelloDr KempMr Schultz

NOES, 59

Mr AdamsMr EvansMs C. F. KingMr Quick*
Mr AlbaneseMr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr Ripoll
Mr AndrenMr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMs Roxon
Mr BeazleyMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr Rudd
Mr BevisMs GeorgeMr McClellandMr Sawford
Mr BreretonMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMs GillardMr MelhamMr Sercombe
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMr MossfieldMr Sidebottom
Ms CorcoranMr GriffinMr MurphyMr S. F. Smith
Mr CoxMs HallMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr CreanMr HattonMr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr Danby*Ms HoareMr G. M. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr EdwardsMrs IrwinMr OrganMr Wilkie
Ms EllisMs JacksonMs PlibersekMr Zahra
Mr EmersonMr JenkinsMr Price

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Latham (seconder) addressing the House—

Closure of Member

Mr Abbott moved—That the Member be not further heard.

Question—put.

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

AYES, 74

Mr AbbottMrs DraperMr P. E. KingMr Scott
Mr AndersonMr DuttonMrs LeyMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr EntschMr LindsayMr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMr FarmerMr LloydMr A. D. H. Smith
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr McArthur*Mr Somlyay
Mr BairdMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Mr BaldwinMrs GashMr McGauranDr Stone
Mr BarresiMr GeorgiouMrs MayMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMr HaaseMrs MoylanMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr HardgraveMr NairnMr Truss
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HartsuykerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Ms J. I. BishopMr HawkerMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr BroughMrs HullMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CadmanMr HuntMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CameronMr JohnsonMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CharlesMr JullMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CioboMrs D. M. KellyMr RandallMs Worth
Mr CobbJackie KellyMr Ruddock
Mr CostelloDr KempMr Schultz

NOES, 59

Mr AdamsMr EvansMs C. F. KingMr Quick*
Mr AlbaneseMr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr Ripoll
Mr AndrenMr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMs Roxon
Mr BeazleyMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr Rudd
Mr BevisMs GeorgeMr McClellandMr Sawford
Mr BreretonMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMs GillardMr MelhamMr Sercombe
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMr MossfieldMr Sidebottom
Ms CorcoranMr GriffinMr MurphyMr S. F. Smith
Mr CoxMs HallMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr CreanMr HattonMr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr Danby*Ms HoareMr G. M. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr EdwardsMrs IrwinMr OrganMr Wilkie
Ms EllisMs JacksonMs PlibersekMr Zahra
Mr EmersonMr JenkinsMr Price

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question—That the motion for the suspension of standing and sessional orders be agreed to—put.

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

AYES, 58

Mr AdamsMr EvansMr LathamMr Ripoll
Mr AlbaneseMr L. D. T. FergusonDr LawrenceMs Roxon
Mr AndrenMr M. J. FergusonMs LivermoreMr Rudd
Mr BeazleyMr FitzgibbonMr McClellandMr Sawford
Mr BevisMs GeorgeMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sciacca
Mr BreretonMr GibbonsMr MelhamMr Sercombe
Ms BurkeMs GillardMr MossfieldMr Sidebottom
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMr MurphyMr S. F. Smith
Ms CorcoranMr GriffinMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr CoxMs HallMr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr CreanMr HattonMr G. M. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr Danby*Ms HoareMr OrganMr Wilkie
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMs PlibersekMr Zahra
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMr Price
Mr EmersonMs C. F. KingMr Quick*

NOES, 74

Mr AbbottMrs DraperMr P. E. KingMr Scott
Mr AndersonMr DuttonMrs LeyMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr EntschMr LindsayMr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMr FarmerMr LloydMr A. D. H. Smith
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr McArthur*Mr Somlyay
Mr BairdMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Mr BaldwinMrs GashMr McGauranDr Stone
Mr BarresiMr GeorgiouMrs MayMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMr HaaseMrs MoylanMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr HardgraveMr NairnMr Truss
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HartsuykerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Ms J. I. BishopMr HawkerMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr BroughMrs HullMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CadmanMr HuntMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CameronMr JohnsonMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CharlesMr JullMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CioboMrs D. M. KellyMr RandallMs Worth
Mr CobbJackie KellyMr Ruddock
Mr CostelloDr KempMr Schultz

* Tellers

And so it was negatived.