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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—ISRAEL—BOYCOTT

Senator Boswell amended general business notice of motion no. 400 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) condemns the intensification of the Global Boycott Divestments and Sanctions campaign being conducted against Max Brenner chocolate cafes;

 (b) rejects this tactic as a way of promoting Palestinian rights; and

 (c) agrees with the assertion by the New South Wales Greens member of parliament, Mr Jeremy Buckingham, `that the tone and the public perception of the Max Brenner protests may be counter-productive to the cause of peace and human rights in the Middle East'.

Leave refused: The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) sought leave to move an amendment to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Leave refused: Senator Boswell sought leave to make a statement relating to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,40


Senators—
AbetzCashKrogerParry
BackColbeckLudwigPolley
BernardiCormannLundyPratt
BilykEdwardsMacdonaldRyan
BirminghamFarrellMadiganScullion
BishopFawcettMcEwen (Teller)Singh
BoswellFifieldMcKenzieStephens
BoyceGallacherMcLucasThistlethwaite
Brown, CarolJohnstonMooreUrquhart
CameronJoyceNashWilliams

NOES, 9



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

Question agreed to.

Leave refused: The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) sought leave to move a motion condemning the Australian Greens and their Leader for failing to condemn the vile Global Boycott Divestments and Sanctions campaign against Israel.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Proposed suspension of standing orders: Senator Abetz, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion condemning the Australian Greens and their Leader for failing to condemn the vile Global Boycott Divestments and Sanctions campaign against Israel.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,29


Senators—
AbetzColbeckJohnstonParry
BernardiCormannJoyceRonaldson
BirminghamEdwardsKroger (Teller)Ryan
BoswellEgglestonMacdonaldScullion
BoyceFawcettMadiganWilliams
BrandisFierravanti-WellsMason
BushbyFifieldMcKenzie
CashHumphriesNash

NOES, 34


Senators—
ArbibFarrellLundySiewert
BilykFaulknerMarshallSingh
BishopFeeneyMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
Brown, BobFurnerMcLucasThistlethwaite
Brown, CarolGallacherMilneUrquhart
CameronHanson-YoungMooreWaters
CollinsHoggPolleyWright
CrossinLudlamPratt
Di NataleLudwigRhiannon

Question negatived.

Senator Boswell sought to make an explanation pursuant to standing order 191.

Ruling of President: The President ruled that, as the question had been put and determined, it was not open to Senator Boswell to make an explanation pursuant to standing order 191 which is only available to be used during or at the conclusion of a debate, before the question is put.


Leave refused: Senator Boswell sought leave to make a personal explanation.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Proposed suspension of standing orders: Senator Boswell moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him making a personal explanation.

Question put and negatived.