Senator James McGrath – short statement opposing Rhiannon’s motion condemning Israel’s arbitrary detention of Khalida Jarrar

photo of Senator James McGrath
June 26, 2018

The Senate should not consider and vote on foreign policy motions of this kind without the ability to have a full debate given they involve serious and substantial issues.

Full speech

Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:21): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: In line with the longstanding view of successive governments, given that formal motions cannot be debated or amended, they should not deal with complex or contested foreign policy matters. The Senate should not consider and vote on foreign policy motions of this kind without the ability to have a full debate given they involve serious and substantial issues.

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