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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—GAZA—BLOCKADE

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 820—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that basic food products, including pasta, coriander, fruit jams, instant coffee and fresh meat, none of which have any link to national security, have been banned under Israel's blockade on Gaza; and

 (b) expresses its concern for the social, humanitarian and economic impact of Israel's blockade on Gaza.

Statements by leave: The Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig) and Senator Bob Brown, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 5

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Siewert (Teller)

NOES, 41

Senators—

Adams

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Bishop

Boswell

Brown, Carol

Bushby

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Coonan

Crossin

Farrell

Feeney

Ferguson

Fielding

Fifield

Furner

Hogg

Hurley

Hutchins

Kroger

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Minchin

Moore

Nash

O'Brien

Parry (Teller)

Polley

Pratt

Ryan

Sterle

Troeth

Williams

Wortley

Question negatived.