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AUSTRALIAN GREENS—SENATOR RHIANNON

Senator Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 637—That the Senate agrees with Senator Rhiannon who was reported in the official notes of an October 2000 SEARCH Foundation seminar commemorating the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) as arguing `that the Green's Party is closest to the best of the CPA's politics and methods'.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,30


Senators—
AbetzColbeckHumphriesPayne
BernardiEdwardsJohnstonRonaldson
BirminghamEgglestonKroger (Teller)Ryan
BoswellFawcettMacdonaldScullion
BoyceFierravanti-WellsMadiganSinodinos
BrandisFifieldMasonWilliams
BushbyFisherMcKenzie
CashHeffernanParry

NOES, 36


Senators—
ArbibCrossinMarshallSiewert
BilykDi NataleMcEwen (Teller)Singh
BishopFaulknerMcLucasStephens
Brown, BobFeeneyMilneSterle
Brown, CarolFurnerMooreThistlethwaite
CameronGallacherPolleyWaters
CarrHanson-YoungPrattWong
CollinsLudlamRhiannonWright
ConroyLudwigSherryXenophon

Question negatived.

Statement by leave: The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.


The Deputy President (Senator Parry) reminded senators of the Procedure Committee's second report of 2011 and its consideration of standing order 66 relating to procedures for dealing with formal motions and in particular, statements being made by leave which may lead to de facto debate.

Statement by leave: Senator Bernardi, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.