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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
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Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (17:05): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator DI NATALE: The last time I looked, Yemen was a foreign country. I understood it was a longstanding practice of both Labor and the Liberal Party to deny formality to foreign policy motions, because that has always been the practice directed—

Senator McGrath: It's a complex one.

Senator DI NATALE: Oh, it's a complex one? So who determines what's complex? I'll take that interjection. Apparently, a complex foreign policy matter is a foreign policy matter that we don't agree with. That's a complex foreign policy matter—we don't agree with it, so we'll vote against it.

Let us go to what is at issue here. We welcome this being debated. We have huge concerns about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. We support this motion, but we'd like it to go further. The government should stop pouring petrol on the fires in Yemen and it should end its military trade with Saudi Arabia. Only then will we see a difference in the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Question agreed to.