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LAW AND JUSTICE—UGANDA AND NIGERIA—ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY LEGISLATION

Senator Hanson-Young, also on behalf of Senator Pratt, amended general business notice of motion no. 1041 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes with grave concern:

  (i) the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, re-tabled in 2012, which would increase the penalties imposed in Uganda for homosexuality, and

  (ii) the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Law in Nigeria, passed by Nigeria's Parliament but not yet signed into law, which prohibits same-sex marriage and civil union by imposing penalties, including imprisonment of 14 years, and prohibits the activities of gay couples and organisations by imposing penalties, including imprisonment of 10 years; and

 (b) supports the Australian Government continuing to urge the governments of Uganda and Nigeria to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay and transgender people in accordance with their commitments under international law.

Question put and passed.