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POLITICS—BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENTS AND SANCTIONS POLICY

Senator Sinodinos, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 913—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Senator Rhiannon has acknowledged that some votes shifted away from the Greens in Marrickville in the New South Wales local government elections because of the boycott of Israel issue,

  (ii) Marrickville Greens councillor, Ms Marika Kontellis, voted in 2011 to retain the Council's Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) policy and in August 2012 attended the Byron Bay BDS conference,

  (iii) the New South Wales Greens chose Mr Karel Solomon, a BDS advocate who has branded Israel an apartheid state, as a candidate for the Marrickville Council, and

  (iv) Ms Irene Doutney, the Greens candidate for Sydney Lord Mayor, has supported BDS actions and said that she personally favours a full boycott of Israel;

 (b) calls on the New South Wales Greens to explicitly reject the BDS policy; and

 (c) condemns the BDS campaign.

Statements by leave: Senator Sinodinos and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,28


Senators—
AbetzCashJohnstonNash
BackColbeckJoycePayne
BernardiCormannKroger (Teller)Ronaldson
BoswellFawcettMacdonaldScullion
BoyceFierravanti-WellsMadiganSinodinos
BrandisFifieldMasonSmith
BushbyHumphriesMcKenzieWilliams

NOES, 33



Senators—
BishopFarrellMcLucasThistlethwaite
Brown (Teller)FaulknerMilneThorp
CameronFeeneyMooreUrquhart
Carr, BobFurnerPrattWaters
Carr, KimGallacherRhiannonWhish-Wilson
CollinsHanson-YoungSiewertWright
ConroyHoggSingh
CrossinLudlamStephens
Di NataleMarshallSterle

Question negatived.