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ABSTAINED – Motions - National Security - Let another vote happen

The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - in order to let another vote take place. This means that other vote won't happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving the following motion immediately—

That the House:

(1) expresses its grave concern at the vicious rise of antisemitic vilification in our country, and the breakdown in social cohesion occurring in our communities;

(2) expresses its grave concern that social disharmony has reached dangerous levels, and that community safety is now at significant risk;

(3) condemns the Prime Minister's failure to show the strong leadership required to overcome divisions within his own caucus, to stamp out antisemitism and bring our country together;

(4) expresses its concern that community safety in this country has been further threatened by the release of more than 80 hardcore criminals from immigration detention into the Australian community;

(5) expresses its deep concern that this cohort includes individuals who have committed acts of child rape, murder, sexual assault, and other violent crimes;

(6) condemns the Government for catastrophically and demonstrably failing to prepare contingencies for High Court proceedings where it fully aware of the risks;

(7) condemns the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs for consequently undertaking an unprecedented and shocking mass release of dangerous criminal non-citizens into the Australian community; and

(8) therefore calls on the Prime Minister to:

(a) understand that his priority must be the protection of the Australian community at home;

(b) cancel his plans to travel to the United States;

(c) urgently convene a National Cabinet meeting to formulate a strong and coherent response to combat the rise of antisemitism, repair social cohesion and protect community safety;

(d) urgently bring forward any legislation necessary to neutralise the threat posed by the hardcore criminals his Government has released into the Australian Community; and

(e) amend the days and hours of sitting to facilitate the passage of such legislation prior to the rising of the Parliament this week.


Date and time: 3:04 PM on 2023-11-15
Allegra Spender's vote: Abstained
Total number of "aye" votes: 54
Total number of "no" votes: 86
Total number of abstentions: 11

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