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Wednesday, 22 March 2017
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Senator LUDLAM (Western AustraliaCo-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (16:55): I seek leave to make a brief statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator LUDLAM: The Greens will be supporting this motion, and we welcome the opposition bringing it forward. I just want to point out the rather inconsistent way in which foreign policy, defence and national security motions are dealt with in this place. I think it is worthwhile pointing out the rather uneven and patchy way in which foreign policy motions are dealt with in here. We welcome this motion coming forward, and I do not want to detract from its importance and its significance given the magnitude of the disaster unfolding in Syria , but leave has been granted by everybody, and I hope that that courtesy is extended to the crossbench and indeed to anyone in here wanting to raise a foreign policy matter or a defence matter in formal business.

Question agreed to.