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31    Military exports to Saudi Arabia—Order for production of documents—Non-compliance

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 312—That, in relation to the order of the Senate of 29 March 2017, the Senate—

    (a)   notes the failure of the Minister for Defence to provide either:

                  (i)   the documents relating to the Minister for Defence Industry’s visit to Saudi Arabia and military exports to that country; or

                 (ii)   any acceptable public interest immunity claim;

    (b)   orders there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, by 6 pm on 10 May 2017, the itinerary for the Minister for Defence Industry’s visit to Riyadh in December 2016, and any documents relating to approvals for the military exports to Saudi Arabia since January 2016; and

     (c)   requires, if the documents are not provided, the Minister for Defence be in the Senate at 6 pm on 10 May 2017, so that a senator may ask the Minister for Defence for an explanation, and at the conclusion of the explanation any senator may move a motion to take note of the explanation; or if the Minister for Defence fails to provide an explanation any senator may move to take note of her failure to do so.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 12

Senators—

Di Natale

Kakoschke-Moore

Rhiannon

Waters

Griff

Ludlam

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Hanson-Young

McKim

Siewert*

Xenophon

 

 

NOES, 52

Senators—

Abetz

Dastyari

Kitching

Paterson

Back

Dodson

Lambie

Polley

Bernardi

Duniam

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Birmingham

Fawcett

Lines

Roberts

Brown

Fierravanti-Wells

Macdonald

Ruston

Burston

Fifield

Marshall

Ryan

Bushby

Gallacher

McAllister

Scullion

Cameron

Gallagher

McCarthy

Seselja

Canavan

Georgiou

McGrath

Smith

Carr

Hanson

Moore

Sterle

Cash

Hinch

Nash

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Hume

O’Sullivan

Watt

Collins

Ketter

Parry

Williams

* Tellers

Question negatived.