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Wednesday, 4 May 1994
Page: 147


Senator BOURNE —I seek leave to move a motion on South Africa similar in wording to four notices given yesterday and to make a short statement.

  Leave granted.


Senator BOURNE —I thank the Senate. Senators will have noticed that yesterday four senators placed on notice motions about South Africa, congratulating the South Africans on the results of the election. We decided that it would be better if there was one motion, an amalgam of the four, put forward by all the parties and the Independents in the Senate so that it would be unanimous. Accordingly, Senators Loosley, Chamarette, Short, Harradine and I move the following:

  That the Senate—

(a)joins with the people of South Africa to celebrate the historic election leading to the formation of the first non-racial, democratic government in that country's history;

(b)congratulates President-elect Nelson Mandela on his personal triumph in overcoming the legacy of four decades of abhorrent apartheid and nearly three decades of imprisonment;

(c)thanks President F W de Klerk for the dignified and honourable way he has led his government and country to majority rule;

(d)recognises the efforts of a wide range of Australians from all political persuasions in support of human rights in South Africa over a period of decades;

(e)notes the valuable role played by the Australian Electoral Commission in providing advice on the successful running of the elections, and the important contribution of Australian election observers in the Commonwealth Observer Group in South Africa and the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa in assisting to ensure that those elections were free and fair; and

(f)offers its wholehearted support and encouragement to the new multi-racial government in its institution of free and democratic rule in South Africa and in progress to a new, peaceful and prosperous South Africa founded on the principles of social and economic justice and equity.

  Question resolved in the affirmative.