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19    Law and Justice—Freedom of Speech

Senator Canavan, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 913—That the Senate notes:

    (a)   the important role freedom of speech plays in the exercise of public debate;

    (b)   that informed public debate requires the expression of different views, even if you disagree with them;

     (c)   that this nation has fought wars for democracy, for freedom of speech and for the right to protest; and

    (d)   that attempts by the Australian Greens and their supporters to introduce legislation banning peaceful protest from public areas is an attack on a fundamental right and should be opposed.

Statement by leave : Senator Waters, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Abetz

Edwards

Lindgren

Ronaldson

Back

Fawcett

Macdonald

Ruston

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

Madigan

Ryan

Birmingham

Fifield

McGrath

Scullion

Bushby (Teller)

Heffernan

McKenzie

Sinodinos

Canavan

Johnston

Payne

Wang

Cash

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Williams

Day

 

 

 

NOES, 29

Senators—

Bilyk

Gallacher

McAllister

Rice

Brown

Hanson-Young

McKim

Siewert

Bullock

Ketter

Moore

Simms

Cameron

Lambie

O’Neill

Sterle

Carr

Lazarus

Peris

Urquhart (Teller)

Collins

Lines

Polley

Waters

Conroy

Ludwig

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

 

 

 

The ayes and noes were equal and so the question was negatived.