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Thursday, 8 September 1983
Page: 541


Mr PEACOCK (Leader of the Opposition)(10.13) —I second the motion. I will speak very briefly. I appreciate the remarks of the honourable member for Calare (Mr Simmons). I do not wish to delay the House and disrupt the order of business laid down by the Government. The honourable member has introduced a motion which I think transcends party politics. There is an appalling record of the ill-treatment of Baha'is and I think the Parliament does a service in condemning not merely the suppression of civil liberties, as referred to by the honourable member, but also the acts of persecution leading to the death of many merely for their religious beliefs. It may have been better if the terms of this motion had been debated in greater detail at a later time but, as we know, owing to the way in which the order of business proceeds in the Parliament, that would have happened many months ahead and probably some time next year. That is why I felt that it should be brought forward now. I join with the honourable member in supporting the motion and I trust all honourable members will support the motion .

Question resolved in the affirmative.