Monday, 13 August 2018
Once again we see the Liberal Party blocking the will of the Senate and refusing to allow us the chance to vote on an important motion. The Greens are extremely concerned about reports that Bangladeshi security forces have killed more than 100 people in the last few months. Members of Australia's Bangladeshi community have raised their fears directly with us. They want us to raise this issue in our parliament. We reiterate the call of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that extrajudicial killings must be halted and halted immediately. As Bangladesh's regional neighbour, I hope that the government will show come courage, encourage proper judicial processes, call for the immediate release of political prisoners and help the Bangladeshi government with the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region.
In line with the longstanding view of successive governments, given that formal motions cannot be debated or amended, they should not deal with complex and 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 that they involve serious and substantial issues.