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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 34


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

  That the Senate—

    (a)notes that the actions of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) during his recent visit to Vietnam have offended a wide range of Australians;

    (b)condemns the Prime Minister for deliberately refusing to recognise the efforts of the 50 000 Australian soldiers who fought in the Vietnam war until eventually, after 5 days, being shamed into doing so;

    (c)expresses its concern that the Prime Minister has:

      (i)capitulated to the Vietnamese Government over the issue of human rights by accepting the proposal for an emasculated human rights delegation which apparently is now to be insipidly called a `consultative delegation', and

      (ii)invited the Vietnamese Communist Party chief, Mr Do Muoi, to visit Australia, despite the fact that he is not a representative of the Vietnamese Government or nation; and

    (d)notes that Mr Do Muoi's visit will offend a great majority of the Australian community of Vietnamese origin, who fled to Australia to escape the very principles and practices of communism that Mr Do Muoi represents.