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Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2203

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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the Tasmanian Liberal Government's stand in seeking to continue to vilify a section of the Tasmanian and Australian community through the maintenance of archaic and unjust criminal laws is out of touch with the rest of Australia's state governments and the Federal Government, whether they be Liberal or Labor,

    (ii)the efforts of the United Nations and other international organisations have been very successful in achieving greater social justice and human rights for many oppressed and under-privileged people throughout the world,

    (iii)in the vast majority of these achievements, the international organisations involved received bipartisan support of all political parties which, in the case of Australia, included the Liberal Party, and

    (iv)one of the great successes of international cohesion on civil or human rights has been the removal of apartheid in South Africa; and

  (b)in noting these facts:

    (i)calls on the Tasmanian Liberal Government to amend its State laws to bring them into line with the rest of the country,

    (ii)condemns the stand taken by Senator Abetz in relation to this issue, and

    (iii)notes that Senator Abetz's position is contrary to that of his federal colleagues on basic human rights.