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senate vote 2019-10-16#3

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on 2019-10-24 12:22:52

Title

  • Motions Abortion
  • Motions - Abortion - Congratulate NSW

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Mehreen Faruqi</p>
  • <p>I, and also on behalf of Senator Waters, move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate&#8212;</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2019-10-16.156.2) to congratulate the New South Wales Parliament for passing a bill to decriminalise abortion. It was introduced by NSW Senator [Mehreen Faruqi](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/nsw/mehreen_faruqi) (Greens).
  • This was a *free vote* (also known as a *conscience vote*), which means that senators could vote according to their own will rather than according to their party position.
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • >
  • >> *(a) notes that the New South Wales Parliament passed a Bill to decriminalise abortion on 25 September 2019; and*
  • >>
  • >> *(b) congratulates and thanks all the women and activists who have worked tirelessly for decades to achieve this important reform.*
  • <p class="italic">(a) notes that the New South Wales Parliament passed a Bill to decriminalise abortion on 25 September 2019; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) congratulates and thanks all the women and activists who have worked tirelessly for decades to achieve this important reform.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Jonathon Duniam</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to make a short statement.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Sue Lines</p>
  • <p>Leave is granted for one minute.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Jonathon Duniam</p>
  • <p>As this motion involves a matter of conscience, in line with longstanding practice, government senators are free to vote in accordance with their own conscience on the substantive motion.</p>