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Hill says Evans should give De Klerk suppot, not a lecture



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

Friday, June 7 Canberra 50/91

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The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Robert Hill, today said the Foreign Minister, Senator Evans, should be giving President De Klerk support rather than a lecture as part of the Minister's visit to South Africa.

"The Federal Opposition has been supportive of Senator Evans's visit to South Africa, but only on the basis that he uses it to become better informed on what's really happening there," Senator Hill said.

"However, it seems Senator Evans has used the visit to lecture the South African Government.

"The Minister's lecturing has drawn a rebuke from President De Klerk, who said in Cape Town that Australia's approval of

Pretoria's reforms is not vital to international acceptance.

"Senator Evans should be giving South Africa support - not a lecture.

"The process of reform in South Africa is irreversible.

"Senator Evans should be congratulating President De Klerk on the progress made in dismantling apartheid and be indicating

practical ways in which Australia will support the process.

"Australia should follow the lead of Europe and start lifting economic sanctions on South Africa.

"It should allow Austrade to give advice to Australian businesses seeking opportunities in South Africa.

"It should also allow Qantas to fly directly to Johannesburg.

"The best way to support the reform process and to help the black population is to help reinstate South Africa into the world economic community."

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Enquiries: Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (06) 277 3170

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