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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—PALESTINE

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1038—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that Palestinian representatives have indicated that on 29 November 2012 they will be introducing a resolution to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to recognise Palestine as a non-member state of the UN; and

 (b) calls on the Australian Government to support Palestine in being granted non-member state observer status at the UN.

Statements by leave: Senators Milne and Fifield, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 11

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Madigan

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 29

Senators—

Back

Bilyk

Bishop

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Collins

Crossin

Farrell

Fawcett

Feeney

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Kroger (Teller)

Ludwig

Lundy

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Parry

Polley

Ruston

Singh

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Question negatived.