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LAW AND JUSTICE—AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY AND PARLIAMENT HOUSE—PROTESTERS

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. 372—That—

 (a) the Senate requests Mr Alan Belford Jones, AO, apologise to the police and wider public for his false claim that thousands of people and hundreds of trucks, on their way to the `Convoy of No Confidence' rally outside Parliament House on Monday, 22 August 2011, had been stopped at the border of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory;

 (b) the President report to the Senate on:

  (i) Mr Jones' claim that `the people who have come here [Parliament House] can't actually get into the precinct to be heard', and

  (ii) whether people attending the rally were prevented in any way different to any other Australian coming to protest at Parliament House or whether this claim by Mr Jones is also false; and

 (c) Mr Jones be invited to respond to this motion, should it pass.

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

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,9


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamRhiannonWaters
Di NataleMilneSiewert (Teller)Wright
Hanson-Young

NOES, 37


Senators—
AdamsFawcettLundyPratt
BackFeeneyMacdonaldSingh
BilykFierravanti-WellsMadiganStephens
BirminghamFifieldMarshallThistlethwaite
BoswellFurnerMcEwenUrquhart
CashGallacherMcKenzieWilliams
ColbeckHoggMooreXenophon
CormannJohnstonNash
CrossinKroger (Teller)Parry
FarrellLudwigPayne

Question negatived.