Senate debates

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Motions

Myanmar

4:14 pm

Photo of Richard Di NataleRichard Di Natale (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I ask that general business notice of motion No. 1030, standing in my name for today, relating to the fact-finding mission on Myanmar, be taken as a formal motion.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

Is there any objection to this motion being taken as formal?

An honourable senator: Yes.

There is an objection.

Photo of Richard Di NataleRichard Di Natale (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

In lieu of suspending standing orders, I seek leave to make a one minute statement.

Photo of Richard Di NataleRichard Di Natale (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

Once again we see the government blocking the will of the Senate and refusing us the chance to vote on this important issue. It's interesting, isn't it? The government was prepared to contemplate supporting a motion on Myanmar—provided that it was the words that they wanted, rather than the truth. We refused to water down our motion at the government's request, because we wanted the truth to be exposed. The truth is that the government supported a fact-finding mission, and that fact-finding mission has found, as part of its evidence, evidence of murder, of rape and of torture of an unknown number of innocent Rohingya people that led to hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their home. The mission's report states that these acts amounted to crimes against humanity, war crimes and possibly genocide. Yet the Liberal government is still cooperating with the Myanmar military, refusing to impose targeted sanctions and refusing to support a referral to the ICC. It is a disgrace.

Debate adjourned.