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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—UGANDA—HUMAN RIGHTS

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 604—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises the universal human right of same-sex attracted people to live their lives free from persecution on the basis of their sexuality;

 (b) notes the Ugandan Government introduced, on 14 October 2009, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, a law re-criminalising homosexuality and criminalising the promotion of homosexuality in Uganda;

 (c) condemns the criminalisation of homosexuality anywhere in the world; and

 (d) calls on the Australian Government to actively encourage the Ugandan Government to withdraw its Anti-Homosexuality Bill and respect the human rights of same-sex attracted people.

Statements by leave: The Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig) and Senator Hanson-Young, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 6

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Siewert (Teller)

Xenophon

NOES, 33

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Bernardi

Bishop

Brown, Carol

Bushby

Colbeck

Collins

Crossin

Farrell

Feeney

Ferguson

Fielding

Forshaw

Hogg

Humphries

Hurley

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

Mason

McEwen

Nash

O'Brien

Parry (Teller)

Payne

Polley

Pratt

Ryan

Sterle

Trood

Williams

Question negatived.