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32    Culture and the Arts— Professor Clive Hamilton—Publication of book

Senator Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 569—That—

               (a)       the Senate notes:

                                     (i)       the claims by academic Professor Clive Hamilton, author of the unpublished book Silent Invasion , that he is experiencing difficulty proceeding with publishing his book critical of foreign influence in our institutions, including this Parliament, and

                                    (ii)       in particular, his publisher’s concern about being subject to significant court action financed by or at the behest of a foreign nation; and

               (b)       in the interests of free speech and Australian sovereignty, the Senate calls on the Government to render such assistance to Professor Hamilton as to enable his claims to be considered or published.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and negatived.