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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM—HUMAN RIGHTS DIALOGUE

Senator Boswell, also on behalf of Senator Furner, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 796—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) since 2002, Australia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) have held nine rounds of the Australia-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue, and

  (ii) the Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, considers the improvements in human rights in the SRV `a high priority of the Australian government'; and

 (b) calls on the Australian Government to:

  (i) encourage the Minister for Foreign Affairs to ensure parliamentary supervision of the Australia-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue by appointing members to take part in the Dialogue,

  (ii) encourage more active community awareness of the work of the Dialogue,


  (iii) ensure Australia's overseas development aid to the SRV includes a focus on promoting human rights, and

  (iv) improve the effectiveness of the initiative by encouraging a more whole of government approach.

Question put and passed.

Statements by leave: Senators Boswell and Furner, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.