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Tuesday, 28 June 1994
Page: 2098


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes:

    (i)that Tasmanian gay activist, Mr Rodney Croome, addressed 1.5 million gay and lesbian rights supporters in New York City's Central Park on 27 June 1994 about the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee's expressed view condemning Tasmania's medieval anti-gay laws, and

    (ii)Mr Croome's acknowledgment published in the Mercury newspaper of 28 June 1994 that the UN committee has `no mandate to impose any other deadline', thus giving the lie to those who would argue that the UN committee's statement is an infringement of Australia's sovereignty;

  (b)calls on the Tasmanian Government to repeal these obnoxious laws as a matter of urgency;

  (c)in the event that the Tasmanian Government persists in its refusal to do so, calls on the Federal Government to introduce legislation to override the Tasmanian anti-gay laws which should not be tolerated in a civilised nation; and

  (d)notes Senator Spindler's intention to introduce an overriding private Senator's bill on behalf of the Australian Democrats if the Federal Attorney-General (Mr Lavarch) does not introduce such overriding legislation during the Spring session of Parliament.