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Monday, 10 October 1994
Page: 1323


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes:

    (i)the comments by the Secretary-General of Amnesty International, Mr Pierre Sane, that Australia's credibility as a human rights advocate would remain at risk for as long as it takes our country to eradicate clear domestic breaches of its obligations,

    (ii)that, as examples of Australia's breaches, Mr Sane cited the impact of our criminal justice system on indigenous Australians, the detention of asylum seekers and Tasmania's anti-homosexual legislation,

    (iii)that Mr Sane was concerned to hear that what he called `utterly anachronistic' arguments of national sovereignty had been raised against the Commonwealth Government's overriding of State law, and

    (iv)that Mr Sane also criticises Australia's policy of `quiet diplomacy' in relation to Indonesia's human rights abuses in East Timor; and

  (b)calls on the Federal Government to move to correct all domestic breaches of Australia's human rights record and abandon its policy of appeasement toward Indonesia.