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Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Page: 4048


Senator BOB BROWN ( Tasmania Leader of the Australian Greens ) ( 16 : 25 ): I seek leave to move an amendment to that motion.

Leave granted.

Senator BOB BROWN: I thank the Senate and I move the following amendment:

Omit all words after "That", substitute, "the Senate recognises the rights of the people of Palestine and Israel to live together as self-governing states based on the 1967 borders.

For clarity, the motion would then read in its entirety:

That the Senate recognises the rights of the people of Palestine and Israel to live together as self-governing states based on the 1967 borders.

Senator Joyce: Mr Deputy President, I rise on a point of order. Can you give us a ruling on whether that completely changes the nature of the motion and therefore should be ruled out?

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: It is relevant to the motion, Senator Joyce, but it does change the entire context of the motion. That is what the Senate will now vote on.

Question put:

That the amendment (Senator Brown's) be agreed to.

The Senate divided. [16:31]

(The Deputy PRESIDENT—Senator Parry)

Question negatived.