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Notice given 16 August 2006

500  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the high rates of violence against journalists in Indonesia for the period August 2005 to August 2006,

(ii) that the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJl) Indonesia recorded 64 cases of violence against the press and journalists, occurring from the provinces of Aceh to Papua, with the most dangerous places for the press being Jakarta with 13 cases of violence, and East Java and Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, both with 8 cases of violence, and

(iii) that AJI identifies the perpetrators as mobs and thugs, government figures, including district heads, regents, governors, ministerial staff, etc, and the police; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to urge the Indonesian Government to respect the journalistic profession and ensure international standards for journalistic security as stipulated by the 1945 Constitution and the Indonesian Law No. 40/1999 on the press.

501  Senator Stephens: To move—That the Senate condemns the Howard Government for its failure to keep inflationary pressures in the Australian economy under control, including:

(a) appropriately addressing the skilled labour shortage;

(b) recognising that capacity constraints are choking the economy;

(c) adequately addressing the rising price of petrol; and

(d) the growing disparity between executive salaries and wages of working Australians.