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LAW AND JUSTICE—GUN LAWS

Senator Rhiannon, also on behalf of Senator Wright, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 798—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) uniform gun laws were introduced across all states and territories following the ground-breaking work undertaken by the former Prime Minister, Mr Howard, in the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre,

  (ii) the New South Wales Government has sponsored a two-day `Shot Expo' that promotes guns, knives and pistols, in conjunction with firearm manufacturers, including Beretta, a weapons supplier to the former Gaddafi regime, and

  (iii) the New South Wales Government has given its support to a longstanding Shooter and Fishers Party plan to allow recreational hunting with firearms in designated New South Wales national parks;

 (b) condemns the New South Wales Government's plans to allow recreational hunting with firearms in its national parks; and


 (c) calls on:

  (i) the Federal Government to support the adoption of a global arms trade treaty at the United Nations, and

  (ii) the Attorney-General (Ms Roxon) to take the steps required to strengthen uniformity of Australian gun laws.

Statements by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins) and Senator Rhiannon, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 7

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam (Teller)

Milne

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Wright

NOES, 35

Senators—

Back

Bilyk

Boswell

Boyce

Brown

Cameron

Colbeck

Collins

Crossin

Edwards

Feeney

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Hogg

Humphries

Kroger (Teller)

Macdonald

Madigan

Marshall

Mason

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Singh

Smith

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.