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 5 IRAQ—AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE PERSONNEL

Mr Howard (Prime Minister), pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) expresses its continued support for and confidence in the 850 Australian Defence Force personnel currently deployed in or around Iraq and records its deep appreciation for the outstanding professionalism they have displayed in carrying out their duties; and

(2) is of the opinion that no elements of this contingent of Australian Defence Force personnel should be withdrawn until their respective tasks have been completed and that no arbitrary times should be set for such withdrawal.

Mr Latham (Leader of the Opposition) moved, as an amendment—That paragraph (2) of the motion be omitted and the following paragraph substituted:


"(2) is of the opinion that:

 (a) Australia's international security policy should have as its principal priorities:

  (i) the on-going war against terrorism;

(ii) enhancing the security and stability of our immediate region; and

(iii) the protection of Australians both at home and overseas;

 (b) any Australian Government committing Australian forces overseas should have a defined exit strategy for the eventual withdrawal of those forces;

(c) the Howard Government has previously provided public undertakings to the Australian people ruling out a post-war Australian military commitment in Iraq altogether or else limiting that commitment to months, not years;

(d) Australian military forces in Iraq should be withdrawn from that country as soon as practicable once Australia's responsibilities as an Occupying Power have been discharged with the intention of returning our forces to Australia by the end of 2004;

(e) Australia should continue to provide strong levels of humanitarian assistance and economic reconstruction assistance to the Iraqi people for the rebuilding of the Iraqi nation; and

(f) all members of this Parliament express their unqualified support for the courage and professionalism of the members of the Australian Defence Force deployed to Iraq and the surrounding region".

Debate continued.

Suspension of standing and sessional orders moved

Mr Edwards moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the following two separate questions being put at the end of this debate:

(1) that the proposition contained in paragraph (1) be agreed to; and

(2) that the proposition contained in paragraph (2) be agreed to.

Motion seconded.

Question—That the motion for the suspension of standing and sessional orders be agreed to—put and a division being called for—

Mr Howard, having indicated that the Government did not wish to proceed with the division—

Division, by leave, not proceeded with.

Motion to suspend standing and sessional orders—put and passed, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Question—That the proposition contained in paragraph (1) of the Prime Minister's motion be agreed to—put and passed.

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

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

AYES, 77

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonDr KempMr Scott
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr P. E. KingMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FarmerMrs LeyMr Slipper
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr LloydMr Somlyay
Mr BaldwinMs GambaroMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BarresiMrs GashMr I. E. MacfarlaneMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMr McGauranMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMrs MayMr Tollner
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMrs MoylanMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HartsuykerMr NairnMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HawkerDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr HowardMs PanopoulosMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMr HuntMr PearceDr Washer
Mr CharlesMr JohnsonMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CioboMr JullMr PyneMs Worth
Mr CobbMr KatterMr Randall
Mr CostelloMrs D. M. KellyMr Ruddock
Mr DuttonJackie KellyMr Schultz

NOES, 63

Mr AdamsMr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Ripoll
Mr AlbaneseMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMs Roxon
Mr AndrenMs GeorgeMr McClellandMr Rudd
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMs MacklinMr Sawford
Mr BreretonMs GillardMr McLeayMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMs GriersonMr McMullanMr Sercombe
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr MelhamMr Sidebottom
Ms CorcoranMs HallMr MossfieldMr S. F. Smith
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MurphyMr Snowdon
Mr CreanMs HoareMs O'ByrneMr Swan
Mrs CrosioMrs IrwinMr B. P. O'ConnorMr Tanner
Mr Danby*Ms JacksonMr G. M. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EdwardsMr JenkinsMr OrganMs Vamvakinou
Mr EmersonMr KerrMs PlibersekMr Wilkie
Mr EvansMs C. F. KingMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr Quick*

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question—That the proposition contained in paragraph (2) of the Prime Minister's motion be agreed to—put.

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

AYES, 77

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonDr KempMr Scott
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr P. E. KingMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FarmerMrs LeyMr Slipper
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr LloydMr Somlyay
Mr BaldwinMs GambaroMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BarresiMrs GashMr I. E. MacfarlaneMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMr McGauranMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMrs MayMr Tollner
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMrs MoylanMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HartsuykerMr NairnMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HawkerDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr HowardMs PanopoulosMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMr HuntMr PearceDr Washer
Mr CharlesMr JohnsonMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CioboMr JullMr PyneMs Worth
Mr CobbMr KatterMr Randall
Mr CostelloMrs D. M. KellyMr Ruddock
Mr DuttonJackie KellyMr Schultz

NOES, 62

Mr AdamsMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMs Roxon
Mr AlbaneseMs GeorgeMr McClellandMr Rudd
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMs MacklinMr Sawford
Mr BreretonMs GillardMr McLeayMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMs GriersonMr McMullanMr Sercombe
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr MelhamMr Sidebottom
Ms CorcoranMs HallMr MossfieldMr S. F. Smith
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MurphyMr Snowdon
Mr CreanMs HoareMs O'ByrneMr Swan
Mrs CrosioMrs IrwinMr B. P. O'ConnorMr Tanner
Mr Danby*Ms JacksonMr G. M. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EdwardsMr JenkinsMr OrganMs Vamvakinou
Mr EmersonMr KerrMs PlibersekMr Wilkie
Mr EvansMs C. F. KingMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr Quick*
Mr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Ripoll

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.