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Notice given 6 November 2006

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

(a) notes that:

(i) Vietnam today is still a one-party state, where basic human rights are abused, and many political dissidents are gaoled or put under house arrest because of their peaceful demand for freedom and democracy,

(ii) widespread corruption in all levels of government in Vietnam may see Australian aid to Vietnam abused and wasted,

(iii) recently, there has been a growing pro-democracy movement in Vietnam, initiated by a group of 118 Vietnamese citizens known as the Bloc 8406, named after the date of 8 April 2006 when they openly declared a Manifesto on Freedom and Democracy for Vietnam demanding a peaceful transition to a pluralistic and democratic Vietnam, and

(iv) a free and democratic Vietnam, with independent legislative and judicial systems, would make Vietnam a better and more reliable trading partner to Australia, where Australian investment would be more secure;

 

 (b) supports the aspiration for freedom and democracy of the Vietnamese people expressed through the Manifesto of Bloc 8406, which is consistent with the principles upheld by the Australian Parliament; and

(c) calls on the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to observe human rights, and practise good governance to eradicate corruption and to listen to the aspiration of its people, and make appropriate changes to return freedom and democracy to Vietnam.

On 10 November 2006

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

On 21 November 2006

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2006. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

On 22 November 2006

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (2006 Budget Measures) Bill 2006. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (2006 Budget Measures) Bill 2006— ( Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Coonan )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Coonan, 11 October 2006 ).

On 27 November 2006

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s future oil supply.

Finance and Public Administration—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Medibank Private Sale Bill 2006. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

 

On 28 November 2006

General Business—Notice of Motion