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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—EGYPT—COPTIC CHRISTIANS

Senator Fawcett, also on behalf of Senator Sterle, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 527—That the Senate—

 (a) condemns the tragic violence towards Coptic Christians in Egypt;

 (b) expresses grave concerns for the safety of Copts in Egypt;

 (c) condemns the recent attacks on 9 October 2011 in Cairo, resulting in 27 fatalities and more than 300 injuries; and

 (d) calls on the Government to make further representations to the Egyptian Government to strengthen its efforts to promote and practice tolerance towards all citizens.

Question put and passed.