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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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#estimates - Myanmar's election

Thursday, 22 October 2015 FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE

Senator XENOPHON: Recognising that the situation is fragile—this is the first time since I guess 1990 that there has been an attempt to hold an election on this scale—has Australia, given that we are a major donor and are in good standing with the authorities there, I think it is reasonable to say, raised concerns about that systematic disenfranchisement? This is not hundreds of people we are talking about; it is hundreds of thousands.

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No military “solution” to the security needs of Israelis and Palestinians: Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the Australian Government to break its silence and help de-escalate the spiral of violence in Israel, occupied East Jerusalem and the Gaza strip.

"Until the siege of Gaza is lifted and the Israeli authorities cease the expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied territories, pressure will continue to boil over into violence," Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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The first step to a political solution is to stop the bombing

The Greens have welcomed Prime Minister Turnbull's statement that the only way forward in Syria is a political solution, and have urged him to stop RAAF bombing immediately.

"The Greens have said all along that without a clear plan, military action is just adding to the chaos in Syria", Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today. 

"Clearly the first thing Prime Minister Turnbull should do is immediately halt Australian bombing missions in Syria.

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