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INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS—CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MINING AND ENERGY UNION—BLOCKADE

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 914—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that the Supreme Court of Victoria issued interim injunctions against the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) in relation to Grocon sites in Melbourne, and that contempt proceedings in relation to certain injunctions remain before the court;

 (b) condemns the CFMEU's blockade of the Myer Emporium site, which involved violent attacks on police and police horses and posters issued by CFMEU bosses labelling workers as `scabs';

 (c) notes that Grocon workers, who are members of the CFMEU, have expressed disappointment at abuse, threats and intimidation by CFMEU bosses and at the CFMEU's failure to adhere to the law;


 (d) affirms that violence, unlawful activity, bullying, harassment and thuggery have no place in any workplace; and

 (e) calls on the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens to refuse to accept any further donations from the CFMEU until it desists from unlawful activity, thuggery and violence in the workplace.

Statement by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Leave refused: Senator Wright sought leave to move an amendment to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Leave refused: Senator Madigan sought leave to move an amendment to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Statements by leave: Senators Wright, Abetz and Xenophon, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 27

Senators—

Abetz

Bernardi

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Cormann

Eggleston

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Macdonald

Mason

Nash

Payne

Ronaldson

Ruston

Ryan

Scullion

Sinodinos

Smith

Williams

NOES, 35

Senators—

Bishop

Brown (Teller)

Cameron

Carr, Bob

Carr, Kim

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Di Natale

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Ludlam

Madigan

Marshall

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Xenophon

Question negatived.