The majority voted against a motion introduced by Liberal MP Petro Georgiou. The motion was:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No. 6, private Members’ business, relating to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008, being called on and proceeded with immediately, in light of the following reasons:

(1) the Australian Parliament has enacted more than 30 laws dealing with terrorism since 2001;(The year 2001 is significant due to the events of 11 September in New York City and Washington, which you can read more about here.)

(2) offences and procedures have been established which depart significantly from traditional criminal law principles and practices, and restrict fundamental civil liberties;

(3) it is critical that Parliament and the executive are well informed about the effectiveness and impact of the laws;

(4) however, the machinery of vigilance in Australia is deficient—reviews to date have been sporadic and fragmented and with limited mandates. Important issues have not been addressed;

(5) a credible new mechanism of review is essential;

(6) the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has twice recommended the establishment of the position of Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws, to provide a more integrated and ongoing approach to monitoring the laws;

(7) the committee considered that creation of the position would contribute positively to community confidence as well as provide the Parliament with regular factual reports;

(8) the committee’s recommendation was made unanimously on a bipartisan basis;

(9) the appointment of an Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws has been supported by other authoritative commentators, including the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security and the President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; and

(10) Parliament should have an immediate opportunity to consider this bill to establish a safeguard for the protection of our security and our rights, one which has been strongly endorsed across the political spectrum and within civil society.

Because this motion to suspend standing orders was rejected, Mr Georgiou cannot move the above motion in respect to an Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws.


Votes Not passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Labor Party (93% turnout) 0 Yes 75 No
Dick Adams Lyons No
Anthony Albanese Grayndler No
Arch Bevis Brisbane No
James Bidgood Dawson No
Sharon Bird Cunningham No
Chris Bowen Prospect No
David Bradbury Lindsay No
Tony Burke Watson No
Mark Butler Port Adelaide No
Anthony Byrne Holt No
Jodie Campbell Bass No
Nick Champion Wakefield No
Darren Cheeseman Corangamite No
Jason Clare Blaxland No
Julie Collins Franklin No
Greg Combet Charlton No
Simon Crean Hotham No
Yvette D'Ath Petrie No
Michael Danby Melbourne Ports No
Bob Debus Macquarie No
Mark Dreyfus Isaacs No
Justine Elliot Richmond No
Annette Ellis Canberra No
Kate Ellis Adelaide No
Craig Emerson Rankin No
Laurie Ferguson Reid No
Martin Ferguson Batman No
Peter Garrett Kingsford Smith No
Steve Georganas Hindmarsh No
Jennie George Throsby No
Steve Gibbons Bendigo No
Gary Gray Brand No
Sharon Grierson Newcastle No
Alan Griffin Bruce No
Damian Hale Solomon No
Jill Hall Shortland No
Chris Hayes Werriwa No
Julia Irwin Fowler No
Sharryn Jackson Hasluck No
Mike Kelly Eden-Monaro No
Duncan Kerr Denison No
Catherine King Ballarat No
Kirsten Livermore Capricornia No
Jenny Macklin Jagajaga No
Richard Marles Corio No
Robert McClelland Barton No
Maxine McKew Bennelong No
Bob McMullan Fraser No
Daryl Melham Banks No
John Murphy Lowe No
Belinda Neal Robertson No
Shayne Neumann Blair No
Julie Owens Parramatta No
Melissa Parke Fremantle No
Graham Perrett Moreton No
Tanya Plibersek Sydney No
Roger Price Chifley No
Brett Raguse Forde No
Kerry Rea Bonner No
Bernie Ripoll Oxley No
Amanda Rishworth Kingston No
Nicola Roxon Gellibrand No
Janelle Saffin Page No
Sid Sidebottom Braddon No
Stephen Smith Perth No
Jon Sullivan Longman No
Wayne Swan Lilley No
Mike Symon Deakin No
Lindsay Tanner Melbourne No
Craig Thomson Dobell No
Kelvin Thomson Wills No
Chris Trevor Flynn No
Jim Turnour Leichhardt No
Maria Vamvakinou Calwell No
Tony Zappia Makin No
Joel Fitzgibbon Hunter Absent
Julia Gillard Lalor Absent
Brendan O'Connor Gorton Absent
Kevin Rudd Griffith Absent
Bill Shorten Maribyrnong Absent
Warren Snowdon Lingiari Absent
Anna Burke Chisholm Deputy Speaker No
Tony Windsor New England Independent Yes
Bob Katter Kennedy Independent Absent
Liberal Party (93% turnout) 51 Yes 0 No
Tony Abbott Warringah Yes
Kevin Andrews Menzies Yes
Fran Bailey McEwen Yes
Bob Baldwin Paterson Yes
Bruce Billson Dunkley Yes
Bronwyn Bishop Mackellar Yes
Julie Bishop Curtin Yes
Russell Broadbent McMillan Yes
Steven Ciobo Moncrieff Yes
Peter Costello Higgins Yes
Alexander Downer Mayo Yes
Peter Dutton Dickson Yes
Pat Farmer Macarthur Yes
Joanna Gash Gilmore Yes
Petro Georgiou Kooyong Yes
Barry Haase Kalgoorlie Yes
Alex Hawke Mitchell Yes
David Hawker Wannon Yes
Joe Hockey North Sydney Yes
Greg Hunt Flinders Yes
Steve Irons Swan Yes
Dennis Jensen Tangney Yes
Michael Johnson Ryan Yes
Michael Keenan Stirling Yes
Andrew Laming Bowman Yes
Peter Lindsay Herbert Yes
Ian Macfarlane Groom Yes
Nola Marino Forrest Yes
Louise Markus Greenway Yes
Sophie Mirabella Indi Yes
Scott Morrison Cook Yes
Judi Moylan Pearce Yes
Chris Pearce Aston Yes
Christopher Pyne Sturt Yes
Rowan Ramsey Grey Yes
Don Randall Canning Yes
Andrew Robb Goldstein Yes
Stuart Robert Fadden Yes
Philip Ruddock Berowra Yes
Alby Schultz Hume Yes
Patrick Secker Barker Yes
Luke Simpkins Cowan Yes
Peter Slipper Fisher Yes
Tony Smith Casey Yes
Alex Somlyay Fairfax Yes
Andrew Southcott Boothby Yes
Sharman Stone Murray Yes
Malcolm Turnbull Wentworth Yes
Danna Vale Hughes Yes
Mal Washer Moore Yes
Jason Wood La Trobe Yes
Sussan Ley Farrer Absent
Margaret May McPherson Absent
Brendan Nelson Bradfield Absent
Wilson Tuckey O'Connor Absent
National Party (90% turnout) 9 Yes 0 No
John Cobb Calare Yes
Mark Coulton Parkes Yes
John Forrest Mallee Yes
Luke Hartsuyker Cowper Yes
Kay Hull Riverina Yes
Peter McGauran Gippsland Yes
Bruce Scott Maranoa Yes
Warren Truss Wide Bay Yes
Mark Vaile Lyne Yes
Paul Neville Hinkler Absent
Harry Jenkins Scullin Speaker Absent
Totals (91% turnout) 61 Yes – 76 No