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Evans must act on Keith Wright trip: Hill



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

Thursday, December 24 117/92

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The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affaire, Senator Robert Hill, today called on the Foreign Minister, Senator Evans, to move immediately to limit the likely embarrassment to Australia created by the overseas trip of Labor MP Keith Wright.

"Mr Wright's trip is internationally embarrassing to

Australia,* Senator Hill said.

"While accepting the presumption of innocence in relation to the recent charges l a i d ^ g a i n s t Mr Wright, his eight-country world trip presents problems for Australian officials

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V "Australian diplomats will ^ be placed in the awkward and embarrassing position of hawing to organise meetings between overseas consumer affairs officials and an Australian MP whose standing is under a cloud. \"It is also embarrassing to Australia that these foreign officials, knowing of the changes, will be asked by the Australian Government to meet wit#^Mr Wright."Senator Evans must take immediate action to limit the embarrassment to Australia created by Mr Wright's overseas trip."He should recognise that it is inappropriate for an MP currently facing serious criminal charges to purport to represent Australia in any official capacity."Senator Evans should intervene to ensure that Mr Wright holds no official appointments during his overseas trip."(ends)Enquiriesi Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (08) 237 7920COMMONWEALTHPARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MIC AH