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 2 SUSPENSION OF STANDING AND SESSIONAL ORDERS MOVED

Mr Rudd moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Minister for Foreign Affairs from making a full and comprehensive statement to the House to:

(1) assure the Parliament that the Minister himself has not authorised the leaking of top secret, national security documents or information contained in them to unauthorised individuals;

(2) assure the Parliament that the Minister has asked each of his ministerial staff whether they were responsible for the leaking of top secret national security documents or information contained in them;

(3) assure the Parliament that the Minister has therefore assured himself and the Prime Minister that none of his ministerial staff have been responsible for the leaking of top secret national security documents or information contained in them;

(4) provide these assurances to the Parliament prior to his departure later this morning from Parliament for Papua New Guinea;

(5) advise the Parliament whether he or any member of his staff requested an additional copy of a classified national security document entitled Iraq: Humanitarian Consequences from the Office of National Assessments in the period immediately prior to 23 June 2003;

(6) confirm to the Parliament the Minister's understanding that under the Ministerial Code of Conduct (section 5, page 10) that Ministers are required to be "honest in their public dealings and should not intentionally mislead the parliament and the public";

(7) confirm that he has not intentionally misled the Parliament by not telling the complete truth in response to direct questions in the Parliament on this most serious matter of national security over the last week;

(8) confirm the Minister's understanding that the leaking of top secret national security documents is a criminal offence under sections 70 and 77 of the Crimes Act 1914that carries the most serious penalties;

(9) confirm the Minister's view on the acceptability or otherwise of the leaking of classified national security information for the purposes of undermining and destroying the professional credibility of private citizens who have publicly disagreed with government policy;

(10) confirm that it is the Minister's understanding that under section 9 of the Ministerial Code of Conduct that Ministers are responsible for the conduct of their staff; and

(11) confirm to the Parliament that given the gravity of the various breaches and offences involved in the leaking of top secret national security information that any involvement in such leaking by the Minister or his ministerial staff by definition requires resignation.

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, 75

Mr AbbottMr DuttonJackie KellyMr Ruddock
Mr AndersonMrs ElsonDr KempMr Schultz
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr EntschMr P. E. KingMr Scott
Mr AnthonyMr FarmerMrs LeyMr Secker
Mr BairdMr Forrest*Mr LindsayMr Slipper
Mr BaldwinMrs GallusMr LloydMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BartlettMrs Gash*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMr McGauranMr C. P. Thompson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMrs MayMr Ticehurst
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveMrs MoylanMr Tollner
Mr BroughMr HartsuykerMr NairnMr Truss
Mr CadmanMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr CameronMr HockeyMr Neville*Mrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMrs HullMs PanopoulosMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesMr HuntMr PearceDr Washer
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CobbMr JullMr PyneMs Worth
Mrs DraperMrs D. M. KellyMr Randall

NOES, 60

Mr AdamsMr L. D. T. FergusonMs C. F. KingMr Quick*
Mr AlbaneseMr M. J. FergusonMr LathamMr Ripoll
Mr AndrenMr FitzgibbonDr LawrenceMs Roxon
Mr BeazleyMs GeorgeMs LivermoreMr Rudd
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMr McClellandMr Sawford
Ms BurkeMs GillardMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sercombe*
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMs MacklinMr Sidebottom
Mr CoxMr GriffinMr McLeayMr S. F. Smith
Mr CreanMs HallMr MelhamMr Swan
Mrs CrosioMr HattonMr MossfieldMr Tanner
Mr Danby*Ms HoareMr MurphyMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EdwardsMrs Irwin*Ms O'ByrneMs Vamvakinou
Ms EllisMs JacksonMr B. P. O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr EmersonMr JenkinsMs PlibersekMr Windsor
Mr EvansMr KerrMr PriceMr Zahra

* 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 Speaker, Mr J. N. Andrew, in the Chair)—

AYES, 75

Mr AbbottMr DuttonJackie KellyMr Ruddock
Mr AndersonMrs ElsonDr KempMr Schultz
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr EntschMr P. E. KingMr Scott
Mr AnthonyMr FarmerMrs LeyMr Secker
Mr BairdMr Forrest*Mr LindsayMr Slipper
Mr BaldwinMrs GallusMr LloydMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BartlettMrs Gash*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMr McGauranMr C. P. Thompson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMrs MayMr Ticehurst
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveMrs MoylanMr Tollner
Mr BroughMr HartsuykerMr NairnMr Truss
Mr CadmanMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr CameronMr HockeyMr Neville*Mrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMrs HullMs PanopoulosMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesMr HuntMr PearceDr Washer
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CobbMr JullMr PyneMs Worth
Mrs DraperMrs D. M. KellyMr Randall

NOES, 60

Mr AdamsMr L. D. T. FergusonMs C. F. KingMr Quick*
Mr AlbaneseMr M. J. FergusonMr LathamMr Ripoll
Mr AndrenMr FitzgibbonDr LawrenceMs Roxon
Mr BeazleyMs GeorgeMs LivermoreMr Rudd
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMr McClellandMr Sawford
Ms BurkeMs GillardMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sercombe*
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMs MacklinMr Sidebottom
Mr CoxMr GriffinMr McLeayMr S. F. Smith
Mr CreanMs HallMr MelhamMr Swan
Mrs CrosioMr HattonMr MossfieldMr Tanner
Mr Danby*Ms HoareMr MurphyMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EdwardsMrs Irwin*Ms O'ByrneMs Vamvakinou
Ms EllisMs JacksonMr B. P. O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr EmersonMr JenkinsMs PlibersekMr Windsor
Mr EvansMr KerrMr PriceMr Zahra

* 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 Speaker, Mr J. N. Andrew, in the Chair)—

AYES, 59

Mr AdamsMr M. J. FergusonMr LathamMr Quick*
Mr AlbaneseMr FitzgibbonDr LawrenceMr Ripoll
Mr BeazleyMs GeorgeMs LivermoreMs Roxon
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMr McClellandMr Rudd
Ms BurkeMs GillardMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sawford
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMs MacklinMr Sercombe*
Mr CoxMr GriffinMr McLeayMr Sidebottom
Mr CreanMs 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 Wilkie
Mr EvansMr KerrMs PlibersekMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMs C. F. KingMr Price

NOES, 75

Mr AbbottMr DuttonJackie KellyMr Ruddock
Mr AndersonMrs ElsonDr KempMr Schultz
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr EntschMr P. E. KingMr Scott
Mr AnthonyMr FarmerMrs LeyMr Secker
Mr BairdMr Forrest*Mr LindsayMr Slipper
Mr BaldwinMrs GallusMr LloydMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BartlettMrs Gash*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMr McGauranMr C. P. Thompson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMrs MayMr Ticehurst
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveMrs MoylanMr Tollner
Mr BroughMr HartsuykerMr NairnMr Truss
Mr CadmanMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr CameronMr HockeyMr Neville*Mrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMrs HullMs PanopoulosMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesMr HuntMr PearceDr Washer
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CobbMr JullMr PyneMs Worth
Mrs DraperMrs D. M. KellyMr Randall

* Tellers

And so it was negatived.