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Senator DI NATALE

I ask that general business notice of motion No. 960 standing in my name for today relating to West Papua be taken as a formal motion.

The PRESIDENT

Is there any objection to this motion being taken as formal? Formality has been denied.

Senator DI NATALE

I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT

Leave is granted for one minute.

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Government denies justice to East Timor

The government has blocked a proposed Senate vote on alleged Australian spying on Timor Leste, but the Greens have warned that the messy truth will eventually come out.

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam co-sponsored the motion with Senator Nick Xenophon, seeking to have the passport of a key witness returned so that he can give evidence in international arbitration brought by the Government of Timor Leste.

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Speech: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Lee speaks on Palestine following her attendance at an event on the UN's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (23:33):
On 29 November it was the UN's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. I was fortunate to join the Australian Palestinian Professionals Association, the Palestine Support Network Australia and the ambassador of the State of Palestine, His Excellency Ambassador Izzat Abdulhadi, at a celebration in Sydney.

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Marking the 54th Anniverary of the raising of the Morning Star flag

The Australian Greens have moved a Senate motion marking the 54th Anniverary of the raising of the Morning Star flag - a day celebrated as the unofficial day of Papuan Independence. 

Motion Text:

960:  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move-That the Senate-

(a) notes that 1 December 2015 marks the 54th anniversary of the raising of the Morning Star flag by the people of West Papua, a day celebrated as the unofficial day of Papuan independence;

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Samarco Iron Ore Mine Disaster

NOTICE OF MOTION 23 November 2015

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that -

The Senate:

1. Notes:
a. The disaster at the Samarco iron ore mine, owned by BHP and Vale, which claimed the lives of twelve people with 22 still missing, left thousands homeless, and has left 280,000 without drinking water;

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15th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

909 Senators Ludlam and Moore:

To move-That the Senate-

(a) celebrates the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325);

(b) recognises that women and girls are disproportionately affected by armed conflict, and that women's participation in peace processes is vital to international peace and security;

(c) notes the inadequate implementation of UNSCR 1325 internationally, despite repeated commitments from parties to the resolution;

(d) calls:

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Statement on the tragic events in Paris

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale has this morning expressed his deepest sympathies for the people of Paris.

"On behalf of the Australian Greens, our thoughts are with the people of Paris who have lost loved ones in this horrendous and senseless violence," said Senator Di Natale.

"It now appears that these coordinated attacks were a brutal act of terrorism and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

"Australia should do whatever it can to assist France in this time of tragedy and heartbreak."

Contact - Andrew Blyberg 0457 901 600

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