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WORLD DAY AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 216—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Friday, 10 October 2008 is the sixth annual World Day Against the Death Penalty, and

  (ii) this day of action was established in 2003 by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty in a commitment to the universal abolition of capital punishment; and

 (b) calls on the Rudd Government to urge the 60 remaining nation states that continue to use the death penalty as a form of punishment to abolish the death penalty as a matter of urgency and halt all executions of those sentenced to death.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,7


Senators—
Brown, BobHanson-YoungMilneXenophon
FieldingLudlamSiewert (Teller)

NOES, 44



Senators—
ArbibColbeckFisherMoore
BarnettCollinsForshawNash
BernardiCoonanFurnerParry (Teller)
BilykCormannHutchinsPolley
BirminghamCrossinKrogerPratt
BishopEgglestonLudwigRyan
BoyceFarrellLundySherry
Brown, CarolFeeneyMarshallStephens
BushbyFergusonMcEwenSterle
CameronFierravanti-WellsMcGauranWilliams
CashFifieldMcLucasWortley

Question negatived.

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