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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

Senator Stephens amended general business notice of motion no. 1057 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) welcomes the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel and urges all sides to adhere to it;

 (b) commends Egypt's leadership role in brokering this agreement, supported by the efforts of the United States, the United Nations Secretary-General and other regional countries;

 (c) supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - a solution based on the right of Israel to live in peace within secure borders internationally recognised and agreed by the parties and reflecting the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to also live in peace and security within their own state;


 (d) condemns the terrorist attack on a bus in Israel on 21 November 2012, which injured more than 20 people, and expresses sympathy to those affected by the attack; and

 (e) calls for any public demonstrations or rallies in Australia to be peaceful, and not target private businesses or individuals.

Statements by leave: Senators Ryan and Stephens, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Leave refused: The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) sought leave to move an amendment to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Statement by leave: Senator Milne, by leave, made a statement relating to the matter.

Question put and passed.