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12    Conduct of a senator—Proposed suspension

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale) moved—That—

               (a)       the Senate—

                                     (i)       notes with alarm the shameful comments made by Senator Anning following the Christchurch terror attacks,

                                    (ii)       further notes that it has censured Senator Anning for his inflammatory and divisive comments seeking to attribute blame to victims of a horrific crime and, to vilify people on the basis of religion and invoking the final solution while speaking in the Senate, which do not reflect the opinions of the Australian Senate or the Australian people, and

                                  (iii)       is further horrified that Senator Anning continues to use the chamber to vilify Muslims, as evidenced by his hateful speech on 3 April 2019 in response to a censure motion against him, and

               (b)       Senator Anning be suspended from the sittings of the Senate and its committees for a period of one day.

Debate ensued.

The question was divided at the request of the Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific (Senator Ruston)—

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

Question—That paragraph (b) of the motion be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Di Natale

McKim

Steele-John

Waters

Faruqi

Rice

Storer

Whish-Wilson

Hanson-Young

Siewert*

 

 

 

 

NOES, 40

Senators—

Anning

Dodson

Kitching

Payne

Askew

Duniam

Lines

Pratt

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

Martin

Ruston

Bilyk

Fifield

McAllister

Ryan

Burston

Gallacher

McCarthy

Sinodinos

Cameron

Georgiou

Molan

Smith, David

Carr

Griff

Moore

Smith, Dean

Chisholm

Hinch

O’Neill

Spender

Ciccone

Hume

Paterson

Stoker

Colbeck

Ketter*

Patrick

Watt

* Tellers

Question negatived.