The Senate sitting week has just concluded, but the parties represented there are still picking through the implications of a flurry of conservative motions Senator Bernardi moved this week.
As the ABC reports this afternoon, some motions caused splits within the Coalition and even abstentions on votes that stated simple, conservative principles.
Whilst some left-wing media outlets described the events as 'nuts' or exaggerated what the motions were about, we list below precisely what the motions stated:
Supporting Trump administration's move for 7 November as National Day for Victims of Communism (passed)
The @AuSenate just passed this motion commemorating the Victims of #Communism— Aust Conservatives (@AuConservatives) November 16, 2017
Labor have dropped their objection to its consideration, raised to block the motion earlier in the week #auspol pic.twitter.com/DHEzSn1aov
Logical inconsistency with 'gender fluidity' and 'gender selection abortion'
Senator @corybernardi motion questioning how anyone can support Gender Selection #abortion if gender is a 'social construct' and, thus, why Medicare should fund it. Several Libs, Nats, PHON supported us but motion was lost #auspol pic.twitter.com/Y5kXzdIhUI— Aust Conservatives (@AuConservatives) 17 November 2017
White Ribbon Australia support for late-term abortions
This Senator @corybernardi motion pointed out @WhiteRibbonAust supports late term abortions, merely invited senators to ask if they had concerns. Motion lost 21-31. We thank Coalition & PHON senators for support #auspol pic.twitter.com/UFFnCswdyQ— Aust Conservatives (@AuConservatives) 17 November 2017
Better scrutiny of GetUp!
Commending the NSW Coalition government for abandoning radical gender and sexuality high school course
Senator @corybernardi motion, commending @GladysB @LiberalNSW @NSWNationals government for shifting from high school radical sex ed to life skills, was lost despite welcome support from @LiberalAus @the_nationals @PaulineHansonOz #auspol pic.twitter.com/pfKEGqSI9T— Aust Conservatives (@AuConservatives) 17 November 2017
Commemorating anniversary of the defeat of Islamic forces in Vienna
The @AuSenate incl. Labor Liberal & Greens are voting down this motion noting Islamist history of violence and oppression of democracy & other faiths— Aust Conservatives (@AuConservatives) November 14, 2017
Thanks to @PaulineHansonOz @senatorlucy @DavidLeyonhjelm for support. #islam #auspol https://t.co/E7wDspiBIu