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Tuesday, 21 June 1994
Page: 1803


Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the week beginning 19 June 1994 is Refugee Week, which is designed to raise awareness in the community of the plight of the world's 20 million refugees,

    (ii)the number of refugees has risen by 800 000 in the past year due in part to crises in Bosnia, Rwanda and Yemen, and

    (iii)refugees are the product of economic, political and personal insecurity caused by war, famine, poverty, violence, ethnic strife and social and economic inequality; and

  (b)calls on the Australian Government to maintain its existing peacekeeping efforts in Afghanistan and Cambodia, and to urge the world community to strengthen peace-making activities in countries which are currently not the centre of world attention such as Angola, Somalia, Iraq and Kuwait in order to minimise the plight of refugees.