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13    Historical Events— Holodomor—85th anniversary

Senator Bilyk, also on behalf of Senator Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 606—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that commemorations are underway for the 85th anniversary of Holodomor, to mark an enforced famine in Ukraine caused by the deliberate actions of Stalin’s Communist Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR);

               (b)       recalls that it is estimated that up to seven million Ukrainians starved to death as a result of Stalin’s policies in 1932 to 1933 alone;

                (c)       condemns these acts aimed at destroying the national, cultural, religious and democratic aspirations of the Ukrainian people;

               (d)       condemns all similar acts during the 20th century as the ultimate manifestations of racial, ethnic or religious hatred and violence;

                (e)       honours the memory of those who lost their lives during Holodomor;

                (f)       joins the Ukrainian Australian community and the international community in commemorating this tragic milestone under the motto, Ukraine remembers - the world acknowledges ;

                (g)       recognises the importance of remembering and learning from such dark chapters in human history to ensure that such crimes against humanity are not allowed to be repeated; and

               (h)       pays its respects to the Australian Ukrainians who lived through this tragedy and have told their horrific stories.

Question put and passed.