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 13 ALLEGED BRIEFINGS ON IRAQ

Mr Howard (Prime Minister) moved—That this House calls on the Leader of the Opposition to withdraw his claim twice made to this House that he had "lengthy discussions about Iraq" with officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Defence in the light of clear evidence that, at no stage had he sought or received briefings on policy or strategic matters relating to the deployment of Australian Defence Force personnel in Iraq.

Papers

Mr Howard presented the following papers:

Copies of letters to Senator Hill, Minister for Defence—

Defence briefings to Leader of the Opposition on Iraq—From R. C. Smith, Secretary, Department of Defence, 30 March 2004.

Intelligence briefing to Leader of the Opposition—From Ron Bonighton, Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Security, Department of Defence, 31 March 2004.

Mr Latham (Leader of the Opposition) moved, as an amendment—That all words after "that" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "This House censures the Prime Minister for:

(1) failing to apologise and withdraw his false allegations against the Leader of the Opposition concerning discussion of Iraq with DFAT and Defence officials;

(2) revealing details of confidential briefings on national security given to the Leader of the Opposition by Australian security and intelligence agencies;

(3) undermining the political independence and integrity of our intelligence agencies by asking them to provide information with the specific intent of undermining the Opposition; and

(4) failing to recognise that the Labor Shadow Cabinet decided 12 months ago to withdraw the troops from Iraq and misleading the House accordingly".

Debate continued.

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, 78

Mr AbbottMr DuttonDr KempMr Scott
Mr AndersonMrs ElsonMr P. E. KingMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr EntschMrs LeyMr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMr FarmerMr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr LloydMr Somlyay
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BaldwinMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BarresiMrs GashMr McGauranMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMrs MayMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMrs MoylanMr Tollner
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMr NairnMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HartsuykerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HawkerMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr HowardMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMr HuntMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CharlesMr JohnsonMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CioboMr JullMr RandallMs Worth
Mr CobbMrs D. M. KellyMr Ruddock
Mr CostelloJackie KellyMr Schultz

NOES, 58

Mr AdamsMr FitzgibbonDr LawrenceMs Roxon
Mr AlbaneseMs GeorgeMs LivermoreMr Rudd
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMr McClellandMr Sawford*
Mr BreretonMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMs GriersonMr McLeayMr Sercombe
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Ms CorcoranMs HallMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mr CreanMs HoareMr MurphyMr Swan
Mrs CrosioMrs IrwinMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMr B. P. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr EmersonMr JenkinsMr G. M. O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr EvansMr KerrMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMs C. F. KingMr Quick*
Mr M. J. FergusonMr LathamMr Ripoll

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question—That the motion be agreed to—put.

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

AYES, 78

Mr AbbottMr DuttonDr KempMr Scott
Mr AndersonMrs ElsonMr P. E. KingMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr EntschMrs LeyMr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMr FarmerMr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr LloydMr Somlyay
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BaldwinMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BarresiMrs GashMr McGauranMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMrs MayMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMrs MoylanMr Tollner
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMr NairnMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HartsuykerDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HawkerMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr HowardMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMr HuntMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CharlesMr JohnsonMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CioboMr JullMr RandallMs Worth
Mr CobbMrs D. M. KellyMr Ruddock
Mr CostelloJackie KellyMr Schultz

NOES, 58

Mr AdamsMr FitzgibbonDr LawrenceMs Roxon
Mr AlbaneseMs GeorgeMs LivermoreMr Rudd
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMr McClellandMr Sawford*
Mr BreretonMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMs GriersonMr McLeayMr Sercombe
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Ms CorcoranMs HallMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mr CreanMs HoareMr MurphyMr Swan
Mrs CrosioMrs IrwinMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMr B. P. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr EmersonMr JenkinsMr G. M. O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr EvansMr KerrMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMs C. F. KingMr Quick*
Mr M. J. FergusonMr LathamMr Ripoll

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.