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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—

Debate resumed by Mr Cox who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not declining to give the Bill a second reading, the House:

(1) condemns the Howard Government for breaching the requirements it set for parliamentary scrutiny of treaties, in particular by proceeding with this bill without allowing 15 sitting days of both houses after tabling these agreements on 9 September 2003, so that the Treaties Committee can taken evidence and report; and

(2) calls on the Government to defer a vote on this Bill in the House until 3 November when the Treaties Committee is due to report".

Debate continued.

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

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Ms Gambaro, in the Chair)—

AYES, 72

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
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr McArthur*Mr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BaldwinMrs Gash*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Mr BarresiMr GeorgiouMr McGauranDr Stone
Mr BartlettMr HaaseMrs MayMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr HardgraveMrs MoylanMr Ticehurst
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HartsuykerMr NairnMr Tollner
Ms J. I. BishopMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Truss
Mr BroughMr HockeyMr Neville*Mr Tuckey
Mr CadmanMrs HullMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr HuntMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMr JohnsonMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CioboMr JullMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CobbMrs D. M. KellyMr RandallMr Windsor
Mrs DraperJackie KellyMr RuddockMs Worth

NOES, 57

Mr AdamsMr FitzgibbonMr LathamMr Ripoll
Mr AlbaneseMs GeorgeMs LivermoreMs Roxon
Mr BeazleyMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Rudd
Mr BevisMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sawford
Ms BurkeMs GriersonMr McLeayMr Sercombe*
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Mr CoxMs HallMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Mrs CrosioMr HattonMr MossfieldMr Swan
Mr Danby*Ms HoareMr MurphyMr Tanner
Mr EdwardsMrs Irwin*Ms O'ByrneMr K. J. Thomson
Ms EllisMs JacksonMr B. P. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr EmersonMr JenkinsMr G. M. O'ConnorMr Zahra
Mr EvansMr KatterMs Plibersek
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr KerrMr Price
Mr M. J. FergusonMs C. F. KingMr Quick*

* Tellers

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.

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.