United Australia Party Senator Ralph Babet has scored a huge win in the Australian Senate. The Senate voted in favour of his general business motion around excess deaths in Australia. There were 31 senators who supported the motion and 30 who voted against it. 

The motion was as follows:

General business notice of motion no. 462—That the Senate acknowledges that: 

(a)               the concerning number of excess deaths observed in Australia in 2021 and 2022 has continued into 2023 as evidenced by all-cause provisional mortality data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics; and 

(b)              there is a need for further inquiry as to the reasons for these excess deaths. 

“This motion is symbolic of a changing sentiment around this issue, and I am not aware of any other parliament in the world who has admitted that excess deaths are worthy of inquiry,” Senator Babet said.

“I have consistently pushed for inquiry into higher-than-expected all-cause mortality since I was elected in 2022 and I will not stop until the Australian people get the answers they deserve. 

“Now that the Senate has admitted that there is a problem, we must proceed to a robust inquiry that will provide these answers to the Australian people and put to bed any speculation. We cannot allow excess mortality to be normalised. 

“Only the Labor Party and the Australian Greens remain opposed to investigating why so many of our fellow Australians are dying. I thank the opposition, and all cross benchers for their support.  

“We owe it to all Australians, especially the family and friends of the tens of thousands who have died prematurely since the start of 2021 to identify what is causing Australia’s tragic rise in all-cause mortality because we know from the official ABS data it’s not just Covid19.”