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 5 ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA—ARRANGEMENTS

Mr Abbott (Leader of the House), pursuant to notice, moved—That:

(1) the House invites His Excellency Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, to attend and address the House, on Friday, 24 October 2003, at a time to be notified by the Speaker;

(2) the House invites the Senate to meet with the House in this Chamber for this purpose;

(3) at the meeting of the two Houses for this purpose:

 (a) the Speaker shall preside at the meeting;

(b) the only proceedings shall be welcoming remarks by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition and an address by the President of the People's Republic of China (which may be translated for the meeting by a person or persons accompanying the President) after which the Speaker shall forthwith adjourn the House and declare the meeting concluded; and


(c) the procedures of the House shall apply to the meeting so far as they are applicable;

(4) the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing and sessional orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing and sessional orders; and

(5) a message be sent to the Senate acquainting it of this resolution and requesting that it concur and take action accordingly.

Mr Latham moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

(1) the House invites His Excellency Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, to attend and address the House, on Friday 24 October 2003, at a time to be notified by the Speaker, provided that any business before the House at that time shall be interrupted and the Speaker shall fix a time for the resumption of business later in the day;

(2) the House invites the Senate to meet with the House in this Chamber for this purpose;

(3) at the meeting of the two Houses for this purpose:

 (a) the Speaker shall preside at the meeting;

(b) the only proceedings during this period shall be welcoming remarks by the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition and an address by the President of the People's Republic of China; and

(c) the procedures of the House shall apply to the meeting so far as they are applicable;

(4) the routine of business for Friday 24 October 2003 shall be as follows:

 1. Notices and orders of the day. 2. Questions without notice 3. Presentation of papers. 4. Ministerial statements, by leave 5. Matter of public importance. 6. Notices and orders of the day;

 provided that the proceedings shall be interrupted at a time to be notified by the Speaker for President Hu to address the House; and that the question that the House adjourn be put at 5.30 p.m., and the House be adjourned at 6 p.m.; and

(5) after the address by President Hu has concluded, the routine of business, as specified in this resolution shall be resumed.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

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

AYES, 61

Mr AdamsMr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr Ripoll
Mr AlbaneseMr M. J. FergusonMs LivermoreMs Roxon
Mr AndrenMr FitzgibbonMr McClellandMr Rudd
Mr BeazleyMs GeorgeMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sawford
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMs MacklinMr Sciacca
Mr BreretonMs GriersonMr McLeayMr Sercombe*
Ms BurkeMr GriffinMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Mr ByrneMs HallMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Ms CorcoranMr HattonMr MossfieldMr Swan
Mr CoxMs HoareMr MurphyMr Tanner
Mrs CrosioMrs Irwin*Mr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr Danby*Ms JacksonMr G. M. O'ConnorMr Windsor
Mr EdwardsMr JenkinsMr OrganMr Zahra
Ms EllisMr KatterMs Plibersek
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr Price
Mr EvansMs C. F. KingMr Quick*

NOES, 73

Mr AbbottMr DownerMrs D. M. KellyMr Scott
Mr AndersonMrs DraperJackie KellyMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr DuttonMrs LeyMr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMrs ElsonMr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Fran BaileyMr EntschMr LloydMr Somlyay
Mr BairdMr FarmerMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BaldwinMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BarresiMrs GallusMr McGauranMr Ticehurst
Mr BartlettMs GambaroMrs MayMr Tollner
Mr BillsonMrs Gash*Mrs MoylanMr Truss
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMr NairnMr Tuckey
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr BroughMr Hartsuyker*Ms PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CadmanMr HawkerMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CameronMr HockeyMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CausleyMrs HullMr PyneMs Worth
Mr CharlesMr HuntMr Randall
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr Ruddock
Mr CobbMr JullMr Schultz

* Tellers

And so it was negatived.

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