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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—WEST PAPUA

Senator Di Natale, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 580—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 1 December 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the raising of the Morning Star flag by the people of West Papua, a day celebrated as the unofficial day of Papuan independence, and

  (ii) the Papuan people will celebrate this anniversary with gatherings and protests throughout the province as is their legal right; and

 (b) calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Rudd) to:

  (i) pay close attention to the events that unfold in West Papua on this date, and

  (ii) express to the Indonesian Government Australia's hopes that no human rights abuses will be committed on the West Papuan people on this anniversary.

Statements by leave: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) and Senator Di Natale, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Madigan

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

NOES, 41

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Boyce

Brown, Carol

Bushby

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Crossin

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Fifield

Fisher

Furner

Gallacher

Hogg

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Ludwig

Macdonald

Marshall

McEwen

McKenzie

Moore

Nash

Parry

Payne

Polley

Pratt

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Williams

Question negatived.


Senator Madigan, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 594—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the recent demonstrations in West Papua calling for a referendum declaring independence from Indonesia and the resulting 19 deaths that occurred during the demonstrations, and

  (ii) that the people of West Papua are facing a situation similar to the people of East Timor in that, while both were defended by Australians during World War II, Australia failed to support them when they were annexed by Indonesia; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) commence dialogue with the Indonesian Government and to work with the West Papuans in establishing the free state of West Papua,

  (ii) offer Indonesia support by way of funding and the services of the Australian Electoral Commission to organise a free and democratic election, and

  (iii) support the West Papuan request for United Nations' recognition of their right to independence.

Statements by leave: Senators Madigan and Di Natale, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and negatived.