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Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Page: 4049

Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (16:42): Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: You are seeking leave to make a fairly short statement?

Senator XENOPHON: Just for a minute. Can I indicate that I will, with some reluctance, support Senator Boswell's motion because—

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Just one moment, Senator Xenophon. Leave was sought, and I am getting that leave is denied. Leave has been denied.

Senator Cormann: Who has denied leave?

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Senator Xenophon, leave has been denied to make a short statement, so unless you are raising a point of order—

Senator XENOPHON: In that case I seek leave to make a long statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: There has been a reconsideration at this end of the chamber. I will ask the question again. Senator Xenophon has sought leave to make a short statement. Is leave granted ? Leave has been granted for one minute, Senator Xenophon.

Senator XENOPHON: It was the threat of the long statement, Mr Deputy President! Can I indicate that I will support Senator Boswell's motion with some reluctance. I do not support a boycott of Israel under any circumstances. I note, though, that Marrick­ville Council has sensibly overturned its previous motion in relation to this, which is welcome. But I am very disappointed that both the coalition and the government could not see fit to note the detrimental effect of the Israeli and Egyptian blockade on Gaza and the Palestinian people living in Gaza, and note that Australia is a good friend of the Palestinian territories and their people. I also note that the coalition did previously support this amendment, on 11 May. I support Senator Boswell's motion but I am dis­appointed that the amendment was not supported. I have got 15 seconds to go; I will sit down now, Mr Deputy President.

Original question put:

That the motion (Senator Boswell's) be agreed to.

The Senate divided. [16:46]

(The Deputy PRESIDENT—Senator Parry)

Question agreed to.