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QUESTIONS

Questions without notice being asked-

Member named and suspended: The Acting Speaker named the honourable Member for O'Connor (Mr Tuckey) for disorderly conduct.

Mr Beazley (Leader of the House) moved-That the honourable Member for O'Connor be suspended from the service of the House.

Question-put.

The House divided (the Acting Speaker, Mr McLeay, in the Chair)

AYES, 80

Mr BaldwinMr BeazleyMr BeddallMr Bilney
Mr BlanchardDr BlewettMr BowenMr J. J. Brown
Mr BrumbyMr CampbellMr CharlesDr Charlesworth
Mr ChynowethMr CleelandMr CohenMr Courtice
Ms CrawfordMr CrossMr Cunningham*Mrs Darling
Mr DawkinsMr DuboisMr DuffyMr Duncan
Mr R. F. EdwardsMs FatinMr FitzgibbonMr Free
Mr GaylerMr GearMr GormanMr Grace
Mr GriffithsMr HandMrs Harvey Mr Hawke
Mr HoldingMr HollisMr HumphreysMrs Jakobsen
Mr Jenkins Mr JohnsMr JonesMr Keating
Mrs KellyMr KentMr KerinMr Kerr
Dr KlugmanMr Lamb*Mr LangmoreMr Lavarch
Mr LeeMr LindsayMs McHughMr Martin
Mr MildrenMr MiltonMr A. A. MorrisMr P. F. Morris
Mr O'KeefeMr O'NeilMr PriceMr Punch
Mr SaundersonMr SawfordMr ScholesMr Sciacca
Mr J. L. ScottMr L. J. ScottMr SimmonsMr Snow
Mr SnowdonMr StaplesDr TheophanousMr Tickner
Mr UrenMr WestMr WillisMr Wright

NOES, 52

Mr AndersonMr AndrewMr BealeMr Blunt
Mr BraithwaiteMr N. A. BrownMr BurrMr D. M. Cameron
Mr E. C. CameronMr I. M. D. CameronMr CarltonMr Connolly
Mr DobieMr DownerDr H. R. EdwardsMr Fife
Mr T. A. FischerMr P. S. FisherMr GoodluckMr Hall
Mr HalversonMr Hawker*Dr HewsonMr Jull
Mr KatterMr LloydMr McArthurMr McGauran
Mr MacKellarMr MilesMr MooreMr Nehl*
Mr PeacockMr PrattMr ProsserMr Reith
Mr RocherMr RuddockMr ShackMr Sharp
Mr ShiptonMr SinclairMr SmithMr Spender
Mrs SullivanMr TaylorMr TuckeyMr Webster
Mr WhiteMr WilsonDr WoodsDr Wooldridge

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

The honourable Member was, therefore, suspended at 2.58 p.m. for 24 hours under standing order 305, and he accordingly withdrew from the Chamber.

Questions without notice continued.

Suspension of standing and sessional orders-Motion of censure of Treasurer: Dr Hewson moved-That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the honourable Member for Wentworth moving forthwith a motion of censure of the Treasurer.

Question-put and passed, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Treasurer-Motion of censure: Dr Hewson moved-That this House censures the Treasurer for his failed economic management which, despite six years of good economic growth in the world economy and record high commodity prices, has resulted in:

(1) a current account deficit which is already $4.5 billion above the budget forecast for this financial year;

(2) a quadrupling of net foreign debt to over $95 billion;

(3) a rate of inflation currently stuck at around 7 per cent, even based on the statistician's revised measure, compared with the budget forecast of 4.5 per cent;

(4) the huge increase in home loan mortgage rates from 13.5 per cent in June last year to 16 per cent; and

(5) a decline in living standards of wage and salary earners due to high taxes, high inflation and high interest rates.

Debate ensued.

Mr Peacock (Leader of the Opposition) rising to address the House-

Closure: Mr Beazley (Leader of the House) moved-That the question be now put.

Question-That the question be now put-put.

The House divided (the Acting Speaker, Mr McLeay, in the Chair)

AYES, 80

Mr BaldwinMr BeazleyMr BeddallMr Bilney
Mr BlanchardDr BlewettMr BowenMr J. J. Brown
Mr BrumbyMr CampbellMr CharlesDr Charlesworth
Mr ChynowethMr CleelandMr CohenMr Courtice
Ms CrawfordMr CrossMr Cunningham*Mrs Darling
Mr DawkinsMr DuboisMr DuffyMr Duncan
Mr R. F. EdwardsMs FatinMr FitzgibbonMr Free
Mr GaylerMr GearMr GormanMr Grace
Mr GriffithsMr HandMrs Harvey Mr Hawke
Mr HoldingMr HollisMr HumphreysMrs Jakobsen
Mr Jenkins Mr JohnsMr JonesMr Keating
Mrs KellyMr KentMr KerinMr Kerr
Dr KlugmanMr Lamb*Mr LangmoreMr Lavarch
Mr LeeMr LindsayMs McHughMr Martin
Mr MildrenMr MiltonMr A. A. MorrisMr P. F. Morris
Mr O'KeefeMr O'NeilMr PriceMr Punch
Mr SaundersonMr SawfordMr ScholesMr Sciacca
Mr J. L. ScottMr L. J. ScottMr SimmonsMr Snow
Mr SnowdonMr StaplesDr TheophanousMr Tickner
Mr UrenMr WestMr WillisMr Wright

NOES, 55

Mr AdermannMr AndersonMr AndrewMr Beale
Mr BluntMr BraithwaiteMr N. A. BrownMr Burr
Mr CadmanMr D. M. CameronMr E. C. CameronMr I. M. D. Cameron
Mr CarltonMr CobbMr ConnollyMr Cowan
Mr DownerDr H. R. EdwardsMr FifeMr T. A. Fischer
Mr P. S. FisherMr GoodluckMr HallMr Halverson
Mr Hawker*Dr HewsonMr HowardMr Jull
Mr LloydMr McArthurMr McGauranMr MacKellar
Mr MilesMr MillarMr MooreMr Nehl*
Mr PeacockMr ProsserMr ReithMr Robinson
Mr RocherMr RuddockMr ShackMr Sharp
Mr ShiptonMr SinclairMr SmithMr Spender
Mrs SullivanMr TaylorMr WebsterMr White
Mr WilsonDr WoodsDr Wooldridge

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

And the question-That the motion be agreed to-being accordingly put-

The House divided (the Acting Speaker, Mr McLeay, in the Chair)

AYES, 54

Mr AdermannMr AndersonMr AndrewMr Beale
Mr BluntMr BraithwaiteMr N. A. BrownMr Burr
Mr CadmanMr D. M. CameronMr E. C. CameronMr I. M. D. Cameron
Mr CarltonMr ConnollyMr CowanMr Downer
Dr H. R. EdwardsMr FifeMr T. A. FischerMr P. S. Fisher
Mr GoodluckMr HallMr HalversonMr Hawker*
Dr HewsonMr HowardMr JullMr Lloyd
Mr McArthurMr McGauranMr MacKellarMr Miles
Mr MillarMr MooreMr Nehl*Mr Peacock
Mr ProsserMr ReithMr RobinsonMr Rocher
Mr RuddockMr ShackMr SharpMr Shipton
Mr SinclairMr SmithMr SpenderMrs Sullivan
Mr TaylorMr WebsterMr WhiteMr Wilson
Dr WoodsDr Wooldridge

NOES, 80

Mr BaldwinMr BeazleyMr BeddallMr Bilney
Mr BlanchardDr BlewettMr BowenMr J. J. Brown
Mr BrumbyMr CampbellMr CharlesDr Charlesworth
Mr ChynowethMr CleelandMr CohenMr Courtice
Ms CrawfordMr CrossMr Cunningham*Mrs Darling
Mr DawkinsMr DuboisMr DuffyMr Duncan
Mr R. F. EdwardsMs FatinMr FitzgibbonMr Free
Mr GaylerMr GearMr GormanMr Grace
Mr GriffithsMr HandMrs Harvey Mr Hawke
Mr HoldingMr HollisMr HumphreysMrs Jakobsen
Mr Jenkins Mr JohnsMr JonesMr Keating
Mrs KellyMr KentMr KerinMr Kerr
Dr KlugmanMr Lamb*Mr LangmoreMr Lavarch
Mr LeeMr LindsayMs McHughMr Martin
Mr MildrenMr MiltonMr A. A. MorrisMr P. F. Morris
Mr O'KeefeMr O'NeilMr PriceMr Punch
Mr SaundersonMr SawfordMr ScholesMr Sciacca
Mr J. L. ScottMr L. J. ScottMr SimmonsMr Snow
Mr SnowdonMr StaplesDr TheophanousMr Tickner
Mr UrenMr WestMr WillisMr Wright

* Tellers

And so it was negatived.

Questions without notice concluded.