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22    Parliament— Mr Milo Yiannopoulos—Event at Parliament House

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 630—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the upcoming visit to Parliament House by ‘alt-right’ figure Mr Milo Yiannopoulos, at the invitation of Senator Leyonhjelm, for a conversation and Q&A in the Mural Hall, and

                                    (ii)       that Mr Yiannopoulos’ behaviour is so offensive that he has been permanently banned by Twitter for ‘inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others’;

               (b)       confirms that Australia’s Federal Parliament is a place that celebrates and encourages a diversity of opinions, as long as those views are expressed respectfully;

                (c)       condemns any senator who seeks to use Australia’s Parliament to provide a platform to any person who preaches hate and incites abuse and harassment of women, Jews, and members of the LBGTIQ and multicultural communities; and

               (d)       calls on the President of the Senate to revoke permission for Mr Yiannopoulos to speak at Parliament House.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), Senators Leyonhjelm, Chisholm and Di Natale and the Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (Senator Hinch), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Document : The President tabled the following document:

Visit to Parliament House by Mr Milo Yiannopoulos—Letter from the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale), dated 30 November 2017 [copy].

The question was divided at the request of Senator Chisholm—

Question—That paragraphs (a) to (c) of the motion be agreed to—put and passed.

Question—That paragraph (d) of the motion be agreed to—put and negatived.