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Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Page: 1622


Senator FIFIELD (4:06 PM) —I move:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

(i)   the boycott of Israel instigated by Marrickville Council - part of the Global Boycott Divestments and Sanctions (GBDS) - banning any links with Israeli organisations or organisations that support Israel and prohibiting any academic, government, sporting or cultural exchanges with Israel,

(ii)   letters from Marrickville Council to Members of Parliament asking them to support the GBDS, and

(iii)   reports of the intention of the Greens Marrickville Mayor, Ms Fiona Byrne, to seek to extend the boycott of Israel to the entire state of New South Wales;

(b)   acknowledges that Israel is a legitimate and democratic state and a good friend of Australia; and

(c)   denounces the Israeli boycott by Marrickville Council and condemns any expansion of it.

Question agreed to.