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Monday, 19 September 1994
Page: 891


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the United States (US) is planning an invasion of Haiti in the week beginning 19 September 1994 and at least 60 per cent of the US population oppose the invasion, and

    (ii)thousands of innocent Haitians could die during a US invasion especially if slow flying aircraft are used in bombing attacks, the same method that killed 10 000 innocent civilians during the US invasion of Panama;

  (b)deplores a unilateral US invasion of Haiti;

  (c)acknowledges that Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide also has a history of governance with human rights abuses in his past leadership of Haiti;

  (d)denounces the Australian Government's approval of the US invasion of Haiti and its decision to commit Australian `peacekeeping' troops without the approval of the Australian people nor the scrutiny of the Australian Parliament;

  (e)calls on the Australian Government:

    (i)to reconsider its decision to commit troops to Haiti on its own principles of peacekeeping: a defined purpose, defined time commitment and defined role, and

    (ii)to withdraw its support for a violent US invasion of Haiti which could result in thousands of deaths of innocent Haitians; and

  (f)calls on the US to resolve Haiti's internal problems by peaceful negotiations, targeted trade embargoes and a complete stoppage of the legal and illegal arms trade.