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COMMUNICATIONS—FREE PRESS

Senator Birmingham, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 869—That the Senate—

 (a) believes a free press is central to accountability and transparency in government; and

 (b) rejects proposals for new government-appointed arbiters of news media content or government-imposed fines on news media content.

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

The question was divided—

Question—That the motion in respect of paragraph (a) be agreed to—put and passed.

Question—That the motion in respect of paragraph (b) be agreed to—put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,27


Senators—
BackEdwardsKroger (Teller)Ronaldson
BernardiFawcettMacdonaldRyan
BirminghamFierravanti-WellsMasonScullion
BoyceFifieldMcKenzieSinodinos
BushbyHumphriesNashSmith
ColbeckJohnstonParryWilliams
CormannJoycePayne

NOES, 33


Senators—
BishopFurnerMilneThistlethwaite
BrownGallacherMooreThorp
CameronHanson-YoungPolleyUrquhart
CollinsHoggPrattWaters
CrossinLudlamRhiannonWhish-Wilson
Di NataleLundySiewertWright
FarrellMarshallSingh
FaulknerMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
FeeneyMcLucasSterle

Question negatived.