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21    Foreign Affairs— President of the United States of America—Statements on Australian Greens website

Senator Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 547—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that the Australian Greens website claims that the President of the United States of America ‘was elected on a platform of racism, division and fear’ and that ‘his time in office so far could easily be confused for that of a fascist dictator’;

               (b)       discourages honourable senators from making emotive statements of this nature about Australia’s allies, as they do not assist bilateral relations; and

                (c)       expresses its respect for the free, fair and democratic presidential election decision of the American people made on 8 November 2016.

Leave refused : The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale) sought leave to move an amendment to the motion. An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Statements by leave : Senators Di Natale and Bernardi, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and negatived.