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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7916

Senator LEYONHJELM (New South Wales) (16:18): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the United States of America's Department of State has informed the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General of the United States' intention to withdraw from that organisation on 31 December 2018 due to its continuing anti-Israel bias, and

(ii) Australia is also a friend of Israel, as well as a close ally of the United States; and

(b) calls on the Government to consider Australia's membership of UNESCO.