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IMMIGRATION—MR STEFAN NYSTROM

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 395—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the recent decision by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee, that found the decision by the former Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Vanstone, to deport Mr Stefan Nystrom to Sweden in 2006, was in breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

  (ii) that Mr Nystrom speaks no Swedish and had no knowledge of any relatives there, and

  (iii) that as a result of his treatment, Mr Nystrom is now an inmate in a psychiatric institution; and

 (b) calls on the Government to immediately respond to the UN decision that found Australia had acted unlawfully in deporting Mr Nystrom.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

NOES, 40

Senators—

Abetz

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Boswell

Boyce

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Crossin

Edwards

Eggleston

Farrell

Fawcett

Fifield

Gallacher

Kroger

Ludwig

Lundy

Macdonald

Madigan

McEwen (Teller)

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Nash

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ryan

Scullion

Singh

Stephens

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.