May 24, 2005

Votes and Procedings – Japanese Whaling

Votes and Procedings – SUSPENSION OF STANDING AND SESSIONAL ORDERS MOVED

24 May 2005

Mr Albanese moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Grayndler from moving the following motion forthwith: That the House of Representatives calls on the Howard Government to:

(1) stop whaling from occurring in all Australian Territorial waters;

(2) take immediate steps to prosecute boats detected slaughtering whales within Australian Territorial Waters under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999;

(3) apply diplomatic pressure to Japan to stop it from expanding its whale killing activity;

(4) take immediate action to ensure that Australia’s opposition to the proposed expansion of whale killing is clearly conveyed to all International Whaling Commission members;

(5) reaffirm its commitment to the establishment of a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary; and

(6) if the whale hunt continues, take action against Japan in the International Court of Justice with the objective of stopping Japan’s current practice of culling whales for so-called "scientific research".

Closure of Member

Mr Lloyd (Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads) moved—That the Member be not further heard.

Question—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Causley, in the Chair)—

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Garrett (seconder) addressing the House—

Closure of Member

Mr Lloyd moved—That the Member be not further heard.

Question—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Causley, in the Chair)—

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question—That the motion for the suspension of standing and sessional orders be agreed to—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Causley, in the Chair)—

And so it was negatived.