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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—THAILAND

Senator Kroger amended general business notice of motion no. 974 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that 2012 is the 60th anniversary of established diplomatic relations between Thailand and Australia;

 (b) acknowledges the close and wide-ranging relationship between Thailand and Australia, which has developed over the past 6 decades;

 (c) notes Thailand's contribution to global peacekeeping efforts, particularly during the International Force for East Timor operations in East Timor, where the Royal Thai Armed Forces provided the second largest number of troops after Australia;

 (d) recognises the importance of the relationship in forums such as the Cairns Group;

 (e) acknowledges that over 800 000 Australians travel to Thailand each year; and

 (f) supports efforts to maximise relations and connections between the two nations, particularly through the creation of cultural study centres at key universities.

Statement by leave: Senator Kroger, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.