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IMMIGRATION—STUDENT VISAS

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 309—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that after the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 the Hawke Labor Government allowed many thousands of Chinese students studying in Australia to stay after their visas had expired; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) provide an extension of student visas on humanitarian grounds to the students of the conflict-ridden countries of Libya, Syria and Bahrain, allowing them to stay in Australia until it is safe to return home, and

  (ii) lift the current work restrictions, to allow these students, who have had their assets and bank accounts frozen, an increased ability to work and access basic entitlements in Australia.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 34

Senators—

Adams

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Crossin

Edwards

Fawcett

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Kroger

Ludwig

Lundy

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Nash

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Question negatived.