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URGENCY MOTION—DEFENCE—AFGHANISTAN—AUSTRALIAN TROOPS

The Deputy President (Senator Parry) informed the Senate that, at 8.30 am today, two senators each submitted letters in accordance with standing order 75, Senator Siewert proposing a matter of urgency for debate and Senator Fifield proposing a matter of public importance for discussion. The question of which proposal would be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot.

As a result, the Deputy President (Senator Parry) informed the Senate that Senator Siewert had proposed that today she intended to move—That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

 The pressing need for Australia to confirm a date for the safe return of Australian troops from Afghanistan.

The proposal was supported by 4 senators.

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), at the request of Senator Siewert, moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,9


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

NOES, 35


Senators—
BackEdwardsJohnstonParry
BernardiFarrellKrogerPratt
BirminghamFaulknerLundyRonaldson
BishopFawcettMacdonaldSingh
Brown, C (Teller)FeeneyMadiganStephens
BushbyFifieldMarshallSterle
CameronFisherMcEwenThistlethwaite
ColbeckFurnerMcLucasUrquhart
CormannGallacherMoore

Question negatived.