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Tuesday, 21 June 1994
Page: 1802

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

  That the Senate congratulates the Tasmanian Attorney-General, the Honourable Ronald Cornish MHA, for his strong and principled stance in:

  (a)opposing the Federal Government's plan to override the laws of the State of Tasmanian as determined by its democratically-elected Parliament;and

  (b)rejecting the United Nations (UN) findings in the Toonen case on the basis that:

    (i)the UN failed to apply the most basic rules of natural justice,

    (ii)the UN held its hearings in private,

    (iii)the UN made its preliminary findings before the Tasmanian Government could respond to the Toonen submission which was a distortion of the truth,

    (iv)the UN made blatantly incorrect findings, and

    (v)the UN body which made the findings is undemocratic, unelected and includes representatives from countries such as Cuba.