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The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Evans), by leave, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) express its deep shock and sorrow at the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency that have struck Japan;

 (b) extend its profound sympathies to the many families whose loved ones have been lost in this tragedy;

 (c) express its gratitude and admiration to the Australian emergency response personnel who are assisting in the recovery effort; and

 (d) pledge the support of the Australian Parliament and community as Japan comes to terms with the immensity of this disaster and the long and costly process of reconstruction that lies ahead.

The motion was supported and all senators present stood in silence—

Question passed.