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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—EGYPT

Senator Parry, at the request of Senators Barnett, Bernardi and Fierravanti-Wells and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 297—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises that Coptic Christians in Egypt are suffering ongoing and increasing persecution;

 (b) condemns the recent attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt;

 (c) expresses its sympathy for Coptic Christians who have been victims of recent attacks in Egypt; and

 (d) calls on the Government to:

  (i) issue a public statement condemning the ongoing attacks against the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt,

  (ii) make immediate representations to the United Nations to end the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, and

  (iii) strongly urge the Egyptian Government to provide equal rights and protections for all Egyptian citizens regardless of race or religion.

Statement by leave: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.