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Philip Ruddock MP Federal M ember for Dundas Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

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22 August 1991

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RUDDOCK URGES REFORM PROCESS IN SOVIET UNION

In the week of the Federal Budget, there was an unusually high degree of interest in Foreign Affairs issues. Local Member for Dundas, Philip Ruddock was to the forefront on the day that the Soviet Union overturned the reactionary coup inspired by the KGB, Communist Party and Military.

Mr Ruddock moved in the House of Representatives that having been appalled at the coup, the Parliament congratulate the Soviet people and elected leaders, such as Mr Boris Yeltsin, for their amazing courage in standing against force of arms to resist a return to dictatorship.

His resolution urged the Soviet leaders continue the reform process which will give freedom and democracy to the Soviet people and a market economy, which can maximise the economic potential of the Soviet Union to the benefit of all its people.

Philip Ruddock also urged that the Soviet leadership give further comfort to the Baltic republics to become independent sovereign nations, and to return to them their freedom and independence.

Philip Ruddock, who represents the Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Robert Hill in the House of Representatives, was also active in seeking restoration of a civilian Government in Burma, condemning the killing of guards on the Lithuanian border, and deploring the violence and loss of life and destruction of property that has taken place in Slovenia and Croatia.

Copies of the terms of each of the resolutions are attached,

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I move - The House of Representatives -a) having been appalled at the coup in the Soviet Union, congratulates the Soviet people and elected leaders, such as Mr Boris Yeltsin, for their amazing courage in standing against force of arms to resist a return to dictatorship;

b) urges Soviet leaders to continue the reform process which will give freedom and democracy to the Soviet people and a market economy which can maximise the economic potential of the Soviet Union to the benefit of all its people;

c) recognises the pain and stress involved in restructuring the Soviet political and economic systems and urges the West to actively support such changes; and

d) further urges theSoviet leadership to free those republics, such as the Baltic States, which hp^e bqen historically independent, were illegally incorporated and jendent sovereign nations.

Mr Philip Ruddock MP MEMBER FOR DUNDAS Mover

Mrs Kathy Sullivan MP MEMBER FOR MONCRIEFF ■ Seconder

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|3 DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH: Resumption of debate (from 14 March 1991) :■ on the motion of Mr Kerr—That: .. .

(1) noting the scarcity of information" on the distribution of wealth in Australia; ·.·!»'·â– »··*!·:Λ::Γ·3£&.·ti·,·Î½.·i* . . · : r.: ·. · ... · ·.

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noting1 that · th e. rriotf·;recentl)'""published ’"survey *"o'h the distribution a n d . #"■ composition" of personal1 wealth in Australia,. Dilnof Australia Economic . Ί , r Reviews-1 st'r quarter*; 1990; has c o n c lu d e d th a t' civet half the total

personal"’wealth in". Australia is held by the wealthiest 10 per cent of VC the population and. the^effective tax rate on income from savings falls " ‘ V " ' V as. weahh,rises; and:.,<,h : W : / . ·;··- '·' - ;· ■ · '. .

:;.ίι. * (4) sharing the sentiments expressed by the Prime Minister in his maiden • . ■ speech to the House— . — <<■ ·.. ■·. ··. ·â– ·

this House calls on the Government to: ; ' ■ ·

(a) collect and publish national statistical information regarding the distribution of wealth in Australia; and , (b) commission a study to give detailed consideration to, and to report

upon, measures available to reduce the inequality of wealth distribution in Australia. (Time allotted for debate— any remaining private Members' business time.) .

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION REPORTS—continued Orders of the day—continued ,·.·â– . ....................

1 PUBLIC ACCOUNTS—JOIN T COMMITTEE—REPORT- ON BUSINESS MIGRATION PROGRAM; Consideration of report (from 21 June 1991). ■ (Order o f the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded " priority on any o f the next 8 sitting Thursdays after 22 August 1991.)

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% * 1 MR r u d d o c k , T o rn d v e ^ T h a t the H ous^V ," \ ' ~f' (1) calls upon the, State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) o f V ; idu ir Burma to cede legal authority to a civilian government as mandated ’ - by the Burmeses people in the elections of May 1990;"- .?■ , · -■ ·. "

π ! * (2). condemns the airfesjt and detention ’ of Burmese citizens for the peaceful . /iV;,:, -,,·. expression of their political views; '"'· ..........." ;· ■ ’ ■ ■ (3) condemns the SLORC’s disregard of human rights and fundamental .· freedoms; and .·â– ·;, . · .· ■ .·â– â– .■·- ,

.. (4) urges the Australian Government to ::. . - , ..... ·."· . ., . ... ;·. ..

(a) call upon the UN Human Rights Commission to continue and expand its scrutiny and action over the human rights situation in · Burma; · . · '

(b) affirm its support for the resettlement. of genuine Burmese asylum seekers who are without other safe and reasonable alternatives; and

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. (c) call upon the Government of Thailand to accord Burmese refugees. ../■ temporary safe haven and access to procedures for third country

resettlement. (Notice given 20 August 1991.) . . . ,

MR MILES: To move—That the Government give greater recognition to the worth of the unemployed by giving greater choice of Newstart activity agreements including the option of two days community work for Newstart payment. (Notice given 20 August 1991.) . .

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(1) condemns the attack on 31 July 1991 on a Lithuanian border post ... ...near the town of Medininkai and the killings o f 7 border guards during that attack and calls upon the Government of the Soviet Union to ’ vigorously investigate this incident and prosecute those responsible for

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(2) regrets that Soviet troops remain in occupation of important installations in the Baltic States, including the Vilnius television station seized by forces in January 1991, and urges that these troops be withdrawn; (3) calls upon the Soviet Government to accept the right of the Baltic

States to independence and to constructively negotiate a new relationship , . with the Baltic States as individual sovereign nations; and (4) urges the Australian Government to support Lithuania, Latvia and .. Estonia in their continuing quest to regain their freedom and

. . independence. (Notice given 20 August 1991.)

*4 MR RUDDOCK: To move—That the House: (1) deplores the violence, loss of life and destruction of property that has taken place in Slovenia and Croatia, where more than 30 civilians are reported to have been killed, largely as a result of the attacks of

terrorists supplied by the communist-led federal army and attacks by the army itself; (2) notes the potential for further conflict if aspirations for self­

. . determination expressed through democratic plebiscites in the Yugoslav . , republics are confronted by military force; (3) welcomes the efforts of the European Community to act as a mediator to prevent further conflict; . (4) calls on the Australian Government to support international efforts for

.... a negotiated settlement between the Yugoslav republics which will avoid conflict, achieve the independence which the people, of Croatia • ' and Slovenia demand and protect the interests of ethnic and religious · minorities; and ' " ' . .. ............. — .............................. .

, (5) further calls upon the Australian Government to recall its Ambassador 'p it'· Yugoslavia for .consultations' on how Australia might, 'consistent with ir 'a desire to ” preserve peace," support the newly evolving, independent states, including the most appropriate time to give diplomatic

recognition. (Notice given 20 August 1991.) .

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Notices—continued 1 MR PEACOCK: To move—That the House refer to the Committee of Privileges for inquiry and report the question of whether certain Government . ... Members of the House were subjected to intimidation or improper

' . interference on account of action or statements by Mr Bill Ludwig of the

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