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Removal of South African Sports Boycott



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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA · T H E S E N A T E

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS. HERITAGE. SPORT A N D YOUTH AFFAIRS

REMOVAL OF SOUTH AFRICAN SPORTS BOYCOTT

Speeding up the removal of the sports boycott against South Africa, as recommended this week by leading African National Congress 'moderate', Mr Albie Sachs, should be a top policy objective for both the Australian Government and the Australian

sporting community, Shadow Sports Minister Senator Michael Baume said today.

Senator Baume said resumption of sporting links with South Africa, as recommended by the Coalition, could be among 1991's major sporting achievements, provided the Hawke Government was prepared to drop its continuing support for ANC hardliners' pro­

sanctions policies.

"Mr Sachs' statement called for rival South African sports federations to follow last months lead by cricket in merging to achieve 'true racial integration' in order to speed the demise of the boycotts.

"Mr Sachs said: 'If we can shout our lungs hoarse in unison

supporting our cricketers, our football players, and our athletes, we will start seeing human beings, sports men and women, and not blacks or whites or people from this region or that language group. We will get used to sharing a common

patriotism rather than trying to knock each other out.'

"While moderates within the ANC now clearly recognise integrated sport as a powerful anti-apartheid weapon, the Hawke Government remains locked into the pro-boycott sports policy dictated by Mr Mandela on his recent visit to Australia.

"Foreign Minister Gareth Evans' recent conciliatory-sounding statement on the prospect of 'movement' on the sports boycott (in response to a Coalition statement conditionally supporting resumption of sporting links) nevertheless insisted that 'it is

important to maintain sanctions pressure as long as it is

productive to do so'.

"Senator Evans also said that this month when overseas he 'will work on closer links with the A N C ' which still officially demands that sanctions be maintained.

"So the Hawke Government's present policy is one of the major stumbling blocks preventing the resumption of sporting links with South Africa this year.

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"So the Hawke Government's present policy is one of the major stumbling blocks preventing the resumption of sporting links with South Africa, this year.

"However, the Australian sporting community can hasten the process of removing sport sanctions by pressuring their relevant rival South African sporting bodies to merge in line with

December's cricket merger.

"Australian sports men and women should also encourage the Hawke Government to work for the lifting of the sports boycott when the remaining key apartheid laws are removed, hopefully within the next few months, Senator Baume said.

2 January 1991

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