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25    Military operations in Syria

Senator Ciccone, at the request of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 183—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes with great concern:

                                     (i)       Turkey’s military operation targeting Kurds in northern Syria,

                                    (ii)       Turkey’s actions which are causing further destabilisation in the region, worsening the humanitarian disaster in Syria, and risk undermining progress against Daesh, and

                                  (iii)       evidence that innocent civilians are being killed and injured by Turkey’s military operations in Syria;

               (b)       recognises that the Kurdish forces in Syria have:

                                     (i)       been instrumental in fighting Daesh as an ally of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS, and

                                    (ii)       lost over 10,000 fighters in the fight against Daesh in Syria; and

                (c)       calls on the Federal Government to urge Turkey to cease its unilateral military operations in Syria.

Question put and passed.