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IMMIGRATION—SIEV X

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 248—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 19 October 2008 marks the 7th anniversary of a boat known as the Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel X (SIEV X), bound for Australia and carrying 421 passengers and crew,

  (ii) this boat sank with the tragic loss of 353 lives, including 146 children, and

  (iii) in Opposition, the Government repeatedly expressed its anger and frustration with the former Government's inaction on establishing a full judicial inquiry into the SIEV X tragedy;

 (b) expresses its regret and sympathy at the tragic loss of so many innocent lives; and

 (c) calls on the Government immediately to establish an independent judicial inquiry into all aspects of the `People Smuggling Strike Team' operated by the Commonwealth Government from 2000 to date, in particular the boat known as SIEV X.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,6


Senators—
Brown, BobHanson-YoungSiewert (Teller)Xenophon
FieldingLudlam

NOES, 40


Senators—
AbetzCashFurnerParry (Teller)
AdamsColbeckHumphriesPolley
ArbibCoonanHurleyPratt
BilykCormannJoyceRonaldson
BirminghamCrossinKrogerRyan
BoswellFarrellLudwigScullion
BoyceFeeneyLundyStephens
Brown, CarolFergusonMcEwenSterle
BushbyFifieldMcLucasWilliams
CameronFisherNashWortley

Question negatived.