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22    Culture and the Arts—Biennale of Sydney—Transfield Holdings

Senator Rhiannon amended general business notice of motion no. 136 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   Transfield Holdings is a major sponsor of the 19th Biennale of Sydney,

                 (ii)   Transfield Holdings is a shareholder in Transfield Services,

                (iii)   Transfield Services is being paid $1.22 billion by the Australian Government to run offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru,

                (iv)   five artists have pulled out of the Biennale of Sydney because of Transfield’s links to Australia’s cruel mandatory detention policies, and

                 (v)   28 Biennale artists have written to the Biennale board, urging it to cut ties with Transfield and to find new sponsors; and

    (b)   commends the courage and commitment to human rights of the Biennale artists who have both written to the board requesting new sponsors and the artists who have pulled out of the Biennale of Sydney.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Madigan

 

Milne

Rhiannon

 

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

 

Whish-Wilson

Wright

 

NOES, 47

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Boswell

Brown

Bushby

Cameron

Carr

Collins

Dastyari

 

Edwards

Farrell

Fawcett

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Johnston

Kroger

Lines

Ludwig

Lundy

Macdonald

 

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

O’Neill

O’Sullivan

Parry

Peris

Polley

Pratt

Ronaldson

 

Ruston

Ryan

Seselja

Singh

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thorp

Tillem

Urquhart

Williams

 

Question negatived.