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Thursday, 18 November 2004
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Senator NETTLE (New South Wales) (9.33 a.m.)—I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 6, standing in my name for today, relating to the death of Yasser Arafat, before asking that it be taken as a formal motion.

The PRESIDENT —Is leave granted to amend the motion?

Senator Harradine —I have had neither sight nor sound of that amendment. I am not able to agree to its being considered.

The PRESIDENT —I understand that it was circulated, but perhaps we could come back to that after you have had a chance to consider it.

Senator Harradine —I am sorry; I had not noticed but it has been circulated.

Senator NETTLE—by leave—I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the passing of the President of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat;

(b) extends its condolences to the Palestinian people who mourn the loss of Mr Arafat; and

(c) calls on all parties to the Middle East peace process to renew their efforts as a matter of urgency for the negotiation of a just, enduring and comprehensive peace settlement based on the principle of two states—an Israeli state within secure and recognised borders and the right of self-determination for the Palestinian people, including their right to their own independent state.

Question agreed to.