Senator Nick Xenophon – seeking to add an amendment to Boswel’s motion nothing the “detrimental effect” of the Gaza blockade

photo of Senator Nick Xenophon
July 5, 2011

(i) the detrimental effect of the Israeli and Egyptian blockade in Gaza on the Palestinian people living in Gaza, and (ii) that Australia is a good friend of the Palestinian territories and its people.

Full speech

Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (16:35): by leave—I indicate that I did not support the Greens’ motion not because it did not have merit, because I believe it does in relation to going back to the 1967 borders, but because it would have wiped out Senator Boswell’s motion which condemned the boycott, and I thought that motion in itself is worthy with appropriate amendment. I indicate to Senator Brown and to the Australian Greens that, if there is a stand-alone motion that is repeated on the Notice Paper in relation to the 1967 borders about the states of Palestine and Israel, I would certainly be happy to support it. I also seek leave to move that an additional paragraph be added to the motion.

Leave granted.

Senator XENOPHON: I move:

After paragraph (c), insert:(d) notes:

(i) the detrimental effect of the Israeli and Egyptian blockade in Gaza on the Palestinian people living in Gaza, and

(ii) that Australia is a good friend of the Palestinian territories and its people.

I seek leave to make a further one-minute explanation.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator XENOPHON: I will need less than that, Mr Deputy President. This amend­ment to the motion is identical to an amend­ment which was supported by the coalition that I made to a motion in the Senate on 11 May 2011 that was moved by, I believe, Senator Abetz in similar terms. I seek the support of my colleagues, particularly those in the coalition who previously supported the identical amendment.

Question put:

That the amendment (Senator Xenophon’s) be agreed to.

The Senate divided. [16:39]

(The Deputy PRESIDENT—Senator Parry)

Question negatived.

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