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Wednesday, 23 October 2002
Page: 5736

Senator NETTLE (New South Wales) (3.45 p.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the rally in Sydney on 22 October 2002 of the Korean Solidarity for Human Rights Group, which is demanding an apology for the imprisonment in high security jails of two Korean asylum seekers who were neither convicted nor charged with any offence;

(b) condemns the transfer of asylum seekers into the regular prison system as contrary to the strong tradition in Australia of, and legal commitment to, civil and human rights that protect individuals from imprisonment without conviction or charge; and

(c) calls on the Government to end this practice immediately, bringing Australia back in line with commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Question negatived.


Senator Brown —I ask that I be recorded as very definitely supporting that motion.


Senator Nettle —I do the same.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —That will be done, Senator Brown. The support of Senator Brown and Senator Nettle will be recorded.