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Even Hawke now contradicting Evans on South Africa: Hill



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MEDIA RELE ASE SENATOR ROBERT HILL LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Friday, July 12 Adelaide 65/91

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The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Robert Hill, today said the Prime Minister had moved to undermine the

increasingly out-dated stand on South Africa being maintained by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Senator E v ans.

Senator Hill said Mr Hawke had completely undercut Senator E v a n s ' s stance on sanctions by acknowledging that the changes occurring in South Africa were irreversible.

In Grafton yesterday, Mr Hawke saidi

But the change that Australia has worked so hard to achieve is being achieved. I mean we are going to see, I think as a

result of changes that are irreversible, we're going to see the end of apartheid.

"Mr Hawke now recognises - as do other leaders, including

President Bush - that change in South Africa is irreversible," Senator Hill said.

"But Senator Evans continues to support sanctions on the basis that change might still be reversed.

"Senator Evans has been a signatory to key Commonwealth

statements which have cited irreversibility as a major test on the lifting of sanctions.

"In November last year, Senator Evans said that on lifting

sanctions, he and Mr Hawkei

.. .will not move unless we are satisfied, in consultation with our Commonwealth friends and with the most representative black voices within South Africa, that there is clear evidence of profound and irreversible c h a n g e .

"Mr Hawke's admission has completely undercut Senator Evans's policy on lifting sanctions on South Africa.

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"The Prime Minister has moved to undermine Senator Evans's increasingly out-dated stand.

"The Hawke Government has used the question of irreversibility as a major test for the lifting of sanctions.

"Now, by its own admission, the Government believes the

original purpose of sanctions has been achieved and that South Africa has passed this test.

"Australia's policy on sanctions is now unsustainable.

"Despite the fact that sanctions are now redundant and that an increasing number of countries are lifting sanctions, Senator Evans is maintaining his out-dated policy.

"His unwillingness to move demonstrates the extent to which Senator Evans has allowed Australian policy to be determined by the African National Congress (ANC).

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Enquiries t Senator Hill or Mark Batisfcich on (08) 237 7920