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18    Social Issues— Termination of pregnancy on gender grounds

Senator Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 581—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that a number of senators support a minority view in the community that gender is merely a social construct, and that gender is not determined by chromosomes or biology;

               (b)       questions how someone can logically, or in good conscience, also support Medicare funding of termination of pregnancy on gender grounds if that is their view;

                (c)       finds termination of pregnancy on gender grounds reprehensible, particularly for the value of girls and boys; and

               (d)       opposes Medicare funding for termination of pregnancy, where it occurs on gender grounds.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Abetz

Burston

Hanson

Ruston

Anning

Canavan

O’Sullivan

Seselja

Bernardi*

Georgiou

 

 

 

NOES, 36

Senators—

Bartlett

Farrell

Leyonhjelm

Rice

Birmingham

Gallacher

Macdonald

Scullion

Brown

Gallagher

McAllister

Siewert

Cameron

Griff

McKim

Singh

Carr

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Steele-John

Collins

Hinch

Patrick

Sterle

Dastyari

Kakoschke-Moore

Payne

Urquhart*

Di Natale

Ketter

Pratt

Watt

Dodson

Kitching

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

* Tellers

Question negatived.