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Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 494—That the Senate notes that:

 (a) the cruel slaughter of Namibian cape fur seals is due to commence on 1 July 2009, with a quota of 91 000 seals set to be killed;

 (b) the market for Namibian cape fur seal skins has collapsed over recent years due to lack of demand and import bans in the European Union, the United States, Mexico and South Africa because of the cruelty involved in the sealing methods; and

 (c) the continued involvement of Australian-based fur and skins company, Hatem Yavuz, as the last remaining buyer of the skins.

Statement by leave: The Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.