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Tahitian independence leader to visit Australia to speak at Democrats' national conference



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Senator Cheryl Kernot Australian Democrats Parliamentary Leader

8 January. 1996___________________ MEDIA RELEASE_________________________ 96/015

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TAHITIAN INDEPENDENCE LEADER TO VISIT AUSTRALIA TO SPEAK AT DEMOCRATS' NATIONAL CONFERENCE

French nuclear testing in the Pacific sparked international condemnation and also focussed the spotlight on the French colonial presence in Tahiti.

Leader of the Tavini Huriaatira independence party, Oscar Temaru, has campaigned against French colonialism for most of his adult life and now believes the time is approaching "when Paris will hand the country back to its people.

With another nuclear test a Mururoa Atoll imminent, Oscar Temaru's visit to Australia, at the invitation of the Australian Democrats, is likely to refocus the anti-nuclear debate.

"Temaru has a personal interest in France's decision to resume its nuclear-test program. As a young man he worked as a customs officer in Mururoa. Today two of his seven children are mentally and physically handicapped, a condition he believes may have been linked

to his time on the atoll, where the French military started atmospheric testing more than 30 years ago" - The Australian, 3 October, 1995.

Mr Temaru will address the Democrats' national conference in Hobart, on January 21. at 10am, at Hadleys Hotel, 34 Murray St, Hobart.

He will also visit Melbourne (Jan 22) and Sydney (Jan 23) with Senator Sid Spindler, who is a member of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Disarmament group, for discussions with local environment group representatives.

Mr Temaru will be available fo r media interviews following his keynote speech in Hobart. He will also be holding media conferences with the Democrats in Melbourne and Sydney. (Further notifications will be forwarded next week.)

A copy of the Hobart national conference agenda is available on request.

Contact Cheryl Thurlow (07) 3844 3696 or 0418 630 137 for a copy, and to arrange interviews with Mr Temaru.

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