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Notice given 11 March 2008

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

(a) having regard to:

(i) the 11th Australia-China Human Rights Dialogue held in Beijing on 30 July 2007,

(ii) the United Nations (UN) Olympics Truce, as passed by the UN General Assembly on 31 October 2007 (A/RES/62/4),

(iii) the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising of 10 March 1959,

(iv) the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with particular attention to Article 9, concerning arbitrary arrest and detention, Article 13 on the right to freedom of movement and Article 18 on the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,

(v) the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and the Peoples Republic of China on 21 December 1972 resulting in Australia-China relations developing strongly, politically and economically, and

(vi) the Australia-China Strategic Partnership, established on 7 September 2007, which is of great importance for the relationship between Australia and China;

(b) regrets that there have been no further rounds of the Sino-Tibetan dialogue since February 2006 and that the five rounds of talks between Chinese officials and representatives of the Dalai Lama from 2002 to 2006, led by his Special Envoy Lodi Gyari, brought no substantive results;

(c) calls on the parties to make every effort to continue the dialogue and on the Chinese Government to engage in substantive negotiations, taking into due consideration the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach to the resolution of the Tibet issue; and

(d) reiterates its concern over the reports of continuing human rights violations in Tibet, including torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, repression of religious freedom, ‘patriotic re-education’ including forcing Tibetans to denounce the Dalai Lama, arbitrary restrictions on free movement, rehabilitation through labour camps and coercive resettlement.

On the tenth sitting day of 2008 (20 March 2008)

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Standing Committees

Reports to be presented on annual reports tabled by 31 October 2007.

 

On 20 March 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the cost of living pressures on older Australians.

On 28 April 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Bill 2008.

On 15 May 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping operations.

On 16 June 2008

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Agricultural and Related Industries—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

State Government Financial Management—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

Housing Affordability in Australia—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 18 June 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2007 [2008]. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Order of the Day

Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading ( restored 13 February 2008 ).

 

On 24 June 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Standing Committees

Reports to be presented on the 2008-09 Budget estimates.

On 26 June 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on mental health services in Australia.

On 4 September 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on climate change and the Australian agricultural sector.