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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Page: 7995


Senator MADIGAN (Victoria) (16:14): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for two minutes.

Senator MADIGAN: I stand to speak in support of this motion and in memory of those who lost their lives defending their freedom from the oppressive and totalitarian regime of the Soviet Union in the months between 23 October 1956 and January 1957. Democracy is a fragile thing, hard to secure and easily lost. At that time the Soviet oppression was supported by the Australian Communist Party, and I remember only too well the very real threat of Communism to Australia during those years. As a member of the Labor movement, I hope the Senate recognises the loss of over 20,000 Hungarian lives and the contribution that has been made by the many Hungarian and Soviet refugees who settled in Australia after that country's brave attempt to secure its freedom.

Question put:

That the amendment (Senator Bob Brown's) be agreed to.

The Senate divided. [16:17]

(The Deputy President—Senator Parry)

Question negatived.

Original question put:

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

The Senate divided.      [16:24]

(The President—Senator Hogg)

Question negatived.