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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—DUTCH POLITICIAN—MR GEERT WILDERS

Senator Di Natale, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 954—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the contribution to Australia's vibrant multicultural society by citizens of all cultures and religions;

 (b) condemns anyone who vilifies any cultural or religious group;

 (c) notes:

  (i) the application by Dutch politician Mr Geert Wilders to visit Australia to speak against multiculturalism and Muslim immigration, and

  (ii) with alarm, his public statements describing Muslim culture as retarded and barbaric and comparing the Koran to Mein Kampf; and

 (d) calls on all members of the Australian Parliament to reject the hateful anti-Muslim views of Mr Wilders and his Australian sponsors.

Statements by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins), Senator Di Natale and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,8


Senators—
Di NataleLudlamSiewert (Teller)Whish-Wilson
Hanson-YoungRhiannonWatersWright

NOES, 40


Senators—
BackCormannLudwigPolley
BilykCrossinLundyPratt
BoswellEdwardsMadiganRyan
BrownFarrellMarshallScullion
BushbyFawcettMcEwenSinodinos
CameronFifieldMcKenzieSmith
Carr, KimFurnerMooreSterle
ColbeckGallacherNashThistlethwaite
CollinsHoggParryThorp
ConroyKroger (Teller)PayneUrquhart

Question negatived.