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POLITICS—FARMERS AND SETTLERS' ASSOCIATION

Senator Williams, also on behalf of the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce) and Senators Nash, Scullion, Boswell and McKenzie, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 737—That the Senate notes:

 (a) Wednesday, 28 March 2012 marks 100 years since the formation of the Farmers and Settlers' Association in Western Australia;

 (b) the Farmers and Settlers' Association formed the Country Party, which in turn became the National Party;

 (c) the party has served on the Federal Government benches longer than any other political party in Australia's history;

 (d) that the party has produced three Prime Ministers in Sir Earle Page, Sir Arthur Fadden and Sir John McEwen; and

 (e) The Nationals have an outstanding record of delivery for regional Australia.

Leave refused: The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) sought leave to move an amendment to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 32

Senators—

Abetz

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Cash

Colbeck

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Macdonald

Madigan

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Williams

Xenophon

NOES, 36

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Carr, Bob

Carr, Kim

Collins

Crossin

Di Natale

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Ludlam

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Sherry

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Waters

Wright

Question negatived.

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