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23    Foreign Affairs— Nigeria—Actions of militants

Senator Urquhart, at the request of Senator Moore and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 329—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the return of 82 young women held captive for three years by Islamist militants in Nigeria, and

                                    (ii)       that in April 2014, as part of a world-wide campaign calling for the release of the group of 270 schoolgirls captured from their high school, women from across the Australian Parliament gathered in the forecourt to show their support for the ‘Bring Them Home’ project;

               (b)       acknowledges the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss and Nigerian governments to negotiate appropriate settlement to ensure the safety and the return of these young women;

                (c)       supports continuing efforts to complete the return of the many young women still believed held by Boko Haram; and

               (d)       condemns the actions of the militants in the region.

Question put and passed.