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POLISH WORKERS

Senator Harradine, by leave, amended Notice of Motion No. 2, standing in his name, and, pursuant to notice, moved- (1) That the Senate- (a) notes that the Polish workers were and are seeking bread, peace and that freedom of association enshrined in International Labour Organisation Convention No. 87 concerning Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise, and that this Convention has been ratified by both the Soviet Union and Poland;

(b) condemns the declaration of Martial Law in Poland on 13 December 1981 and the subsequent imprisonment of some 15,000 trade union activists, intellectuals, journalists, and members of the KOR dissident group; and

(c) condemns the continuing detention of Solidarity officials, including its leader Mr Lech Walesa, and calls on the Australian Government to lodge a strong protest with Polish authorities at the treatment of Mr Walesa and other Solidarity officials.

(2) That this resolution of the Australian Senate be conveyed to Archbishop Josef Glemp, Primate House, Warsaw, Poland, being a person who is concerned for the welfare of Mr Walesa and who is also in communication with General Jaruzelski.

Debate ensued.

Senator Harradine, by leave, amended his motion by adding, at the end of the motion, the words '', and to other appropriate authorities''.

Main Question, as amended-put and passed.