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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 213—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Sunday, 21 September 2008, was the International Day of Peace, declared by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2002 as a day of non-violence and a global ceasefire, commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples,

  (ii) on this day, a general ceasefire across Afghanistan lasted from midnight Saturday through to midnight Sunday, 21 September 2008, and was observed by the military forces of the United States of America, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Afghan Government and the Taliban, and

  (iii) on Thursday, 18 September 2008, the Senate voted against a motion calling on the Government to participate in the International Day of Peace ceasefire and encourage other nations to likewise; and

 (b) calls on the Government to reconsider its support for UN initiatives such as the International Day of Peace.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,6


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamSiewert (Teller)Xenophon
Hanson-YoungMilne

NOES, 43



Senators—
AdamsColbeckFierravanti-WellsMoore
ArbibCollinsFifieldNash
BernardiCoonanFisherParry (Teller)
BilykCormannForshawPolley
BirminghamCrossinFurnerPratt
BishopEgglestonHumphriesRyan
BoyceEllisonKrogerSterle
Brown, CarolFarrellLudwigTroeth
BushbyFeeneyLundyWilliams
CameronFergusonMcEwenWortley
CashFieldingMcLucas

Question negatived.