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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 447—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) on 7 September 2001, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly passed Resolution 55/282 declaring that the International Day of Peace should be observed annually on the fixed date of 21 September, as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence,

  (ii) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has urged member states to support the observance of global ceasefire, and

  (iii) the slogan chosen by the UN for the 2011 marking of the day is `Peace = Future', drawing particular attention to the impact of armed conflict on children and that the world's concerns will soon be in their hands;

 (b) supports non-government organisations in Australia who intend to observe the day through vigils, concerts and walks; and

 (c) calls on the Australian Government to:

  (i) promote the observance of a global ceasefire for the duration of 21 September, and

  (ii) support the observation of a ceasefire by not engaging in hostilities for the duration of 21 September, unless provoked to do so in self-defence.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,10


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamSiewert (Teller)Wright
Di NataleMilneWatersXenophon
Hanson-YoungRhiannon

NOES, 46


Senators—
AbetzCollinsGallacherParry
AdamsConroyHeffernanPratt
BackCormannHoggScullion
BernardiCrossinHumphriesSherry
BirminghamEdwardsKrogerSingh
BishopFarrellLudwigStephens
BoyceFaulknerLundySterle
Brown, C (Teller)FawcettMadiganThistlethwaite
CameronFeeneyMarshallUrquhart
CarrFierravanti-WellsMasonWilliams
CashFifieldMcKenzie
ColbeckFurnerNash

Question negatived.

Statements by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water (Senator Farrell), Senator Ludlam and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.