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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—PAPUA NEW GUINEA—WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 603—That the Senate—

 (a) congratulates the Parliament of Papua New Guinea for passing, by an overwhelming majority, the constitutional amendment to create 22 reserved seats for women in its national parliament;

 (b) recognises the leadership and hard work of the women of Papua New Guinea, who have been advocating for this reform for many years;

 (c) acknowledges that the next step is enabling legislation that will create the 22 new reserved seats for each province; and

 (d) looks forward to seeing the reforms finalised in time to allow women candidates to stand for these seats in the 2012 national election.

Question put and passed.