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Tuesday, 22 June 1999
Page: 7067

The following notices were given:

Mr Danby to move:

That the House:

(1) notes with sadness that 4 June 1999 was the tenth anniversary of the date of the Tiananmen Square massacre;

(2) expresses its sympathy to the families of those who died as a result of their participation in the democracy protests of 1989 in the People's Republic of China as well as those who have suffered for their efforts to advance human rights and democratic expression during the past decade;

(3) commends citizens of the People's Republic of China who peacefully advocate democracy and human rights; and

(4) deplores ongoing human rights abuses in the People's Republic of China and calls on the Government of that country to:

(a) re-evaluate the official verdict on 4 June 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy activities and initiate open investigations on the 4 June event with the goal of providing a complete and accurate account of those events;

(b) treat fairly Chinese students who elected to stay in Australia after 4 June 1989 under special temporary visas and who have since returned to their homeland;

(c) release all prisoners of conscience, including those still in prison as a result of their participation in the pro-democracy protests of May and June 1989, provide just compensation to the families of those killed in those protests and allow those exiled on account of their activities in 1989 to return and live in freedom in the People's Republic of China;

(d) put an end to harassment, detention and imprisonment of Chinese citizens exercising their internationally recognised rights to the freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of religion; and

(e) proceed quickly to ratify and implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which it signed on 5 October 1998.

Jackie Kelly to present a bill for an act to amend the Australian Tourist Commission Act 1987.

Mr Slipper to present a bill for an act to amend the Ministers of State Act 1952.