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Thursday, 24 November 2011
Page: 9502

Senator DI NATALE (Victoria) (12:09): I move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

   (i)   1 December 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the raising of the Morning Star flag by the people of West Papua, a day celebrated as the unofficial day of Papuan independence, and

   (ii)   the Papuan people will celebrate this anniversary with gatherings and protests throughout the province as is their legal right; and

   (b)   calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Rudd) to:

   (i)   pay close attention to the events that unfold in West Papua on this date, and

   (ii)   express to the Indonesian Government Australia’s hopes that no human rights abuses will be committed on the West Papuan people on this anniversary.