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

 (a) express its condolences at the tragic loss of life and damage to property suffered by the people of New Zealand in the Christchurch earthquake;

 (b) extend its profound sympathies to the families and friends of the Australians whose lives have been lost in this tragedy;

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

 (d) pledge any further help that may be required as New Zealand undertakes the process of recovery and rebuilding.

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

Question passed.