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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—IRAQ—IRANIAN EXILES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 596—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) more than 3 000 Iranian exiles and asylum seekers reside at Camp Ashraf in Iraq, and

  (ii) these people are at risk of expulsion or refoulement, if the Iraqi Government persists in its plan to close the camp by the end of 2011; and

 (b) calls on the Federal Government to lobby:

  (i) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to declare the camp a refugee camp,

  (ii) the United Nations and the High Commissioner for Human Rights to station a monitoring team in the camp to ensure residents' protection, and

  (iii) the Iraqi Government to suspend all plans to close the camp until the UNHCR has had an opportunity to process and transfer all applicants for asylum.

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

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,10


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamRhiannonWaters
Di NataleMadiganSiewert (Teller)Wright
Hanson-YoungMilne

NOES, 42


Senators—
AdamsColbeckHoggPayne
BackCollinsJoycePolley
BernardiCrossinKroger (Teller)Pratt
BilykEgglestonLudwigRyan
BirminghamFarrellMacdonaldSingh
BishopFaulknerMarshallStephens
BoyceFeeneyMcEwenSterle
Brown, CarolFifieldMcKenzieThistlethwaite
BushbyFisherMooreWilliams
CameronFurnerNash
CashGallacherParry

Question negatived.