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Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Page: 4048


Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (16:35): by leave—I indicate that I did not support the Greens' motion not because it did not have merit, because I believe it does in relation to going back to the 1967 borders, but because it would have wiped out Senator Boswell's motion which condemned the boycott, and I thought that motion in itself is worthy with appropriate amendment. I indicate to Senator Brown and to the Australian Greens that, if there is a stand-alone motion that is repeated on the Notice Paper in relation to the 1967 borders about the states of Palestine and Israel, I would certainly be happy to support it. I also seek leave to move that an additional paragraph be added to the motion.

Leave granted.

Senator XENOPHON: I move:

After paragraph (c), insert:(d) notes:

(i) the detrimental effect of the Israeli and Egyptian blockade in Gaza on the Palestinian people living in Gaza, and

(ii) that Australia is a good friend of the Palestinian territories and its people.

I seek leave to make a further one-minute explanation.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator XENOPHON: I will need less than that, Mr Deputy President. This amend­ment to the motion is identical to an amend­ment which was supported by the coalition that I made to a motion in the Senate on 11 May 2011 that was moved by, I believe, Senator Abetz in similar terms. I seek the support of my colleagues, particularly those in the coalition who previously supported the identical amendment.

Question put:

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

The Senate divided. [16:39]

(The Deputy PRESIDENT—Senator Parry)

Question negatived.