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Thursday, 12 May 1994
Page: 780

  Debate resumed from 5 May, on motion by Senator Short:

  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.

upon which Senator Chamarette had moved by way of amendment:

Paragraph (c), subparagraph (i), omit the subparagraph.

Paragraph (d), omit the paragraph.