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AGAINST – Motions - Prime Minister; Attempted Censure - Let a vote happen

The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - in order to let another vote take place.

Motion text

That so much of standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving immediately:

That the House:

(1) condemns the Prime Minister for:

(a) dividing Australians through his Voice referendum;

(b) failing to listen to all Australians;

(c) wasting over $450 million in taxpayer dollars;

(d) refusing to provide Australians with detail on the Voice;

(e) refusing to compromise in the national interest; and

(f) refusing to follow established referendum procedures;

(2) is of the opinion that all Australians deserve the very best of what our nation has to offer and that differences of opinion do not diminish our love for our country or our regard for each other; and

(3) therefore calls on the Prime Minister to:

(a) support the Opposition's call for a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Indigenous communities;

(b) audit spending on Indigenous programs; and

(c) support practical policy ideas to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians to help Close the Gap.


Date and time: 5:59 PM on 2023-10-16
Allegra Spender's vote: No
Total number of "aye" votes: 51
Total number of "no" votes: 86
Total number of abstentions: 14

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