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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—CHINA

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 205—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the reported Chinese crackdown on democracy advocates in East Turkistan and Tibet following democratic protests in the Middle East; and

 (b) asks the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Rudd) to confirm with Chinese authorities:

  (i) the substance of the charges leading to the 2007 arrest of Mr Ablikim Abdiriyim, the son of Uighur advocate Ms Rebiya Kadeer,

  (ii) whether Mr Abdiriyim has suffered prolonged solitary confinement and torture as reported by Amnesty International late in 2010,

  (iii) whether Mr Abdiriyim has recently received medical treatment, and

  (iv) when Mr Abdiriyim is due to be released.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,6


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamSiewert (Teller)Xenophon
Hanson-YoungMilne

NOES, 31



Senators—
AdamsFeeneyLudwigParry (Teller)
BarnettFergusonMarshallPolley
BilykFieldingMcEwenStephens
Brown, CarolFifieldMcGauranSterle
CameronFurnerMcLucasTroeth
ColbeckHurleyMooreWilliams
EgglestonHutchinsNashWortley
FarrellKrogerO'Brien

Question negatived.