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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—TIBET

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1275—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the current visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Australia, and the visit of the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Mr Penpa Tsering, to Australia's Parliament House, and

  (ii) the ongoing tension and repressions in Tibetan regions, leading to nearly 120 deaths of Tibetans by self-immolation, and the continuing surveillance and violent crackdowns on Tibetans; and

 (b) calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Bob Carr) to escalate diplomatic arrangements for a visit by the Australian Ambassador and an Australian parliamentary delegation to Tibetan regions for the purposes of fact-finding and observation.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,10


Senators—
Di NataleMilneWatersWright
Hanson-YoungRhiannonWhish-WilsonXenophon
LudlamSiewert (Teller)

NOES, 36


Senators—
BilykFarrellLundyRuston
BishopFeeneyMarshallSingh
BushbyFifieldMcEwenSinodinos
CameronFurnerMcKenzieSmith
Carr, KimGallacherMcLucasStephens
CashJoyceMooreSterle
ColbeckKroger (Teller)NashThorp
CollinsLinesParryUrquhart
CormannLudwigPrattWilliams

Question negatived.