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POLITICS—CONVOY OF NO CONFIDENCE

Senator Williams, also on behalf of Senator Nash, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 403—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) in Australia, people have a democratic right to protest peacefully, and

  (ii) the carbon tax and `Convoy of No Confidence' rallies held outside Parliament House, Canberra, in August 2011 were peaceful; and

 (b) requests that the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) and the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Evans) apologise on behalf of their parties for derogatory comments made such as `Convoy of No Consequence', `Convoy of Incontinence' and `it's a general smorgasbord of whingers'.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 28

Senators—

Abetz

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Macdonald

Madigan

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Ryan

Scullion

Williams

NOES, 34

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Conroy

Crossin

Di Natale

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Waters

Wright

Question negatived.