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Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Page: 92

Senator ALLISON (Leader of the Australian Democrats) (3:58 PM) —by leave—I move the motion as amended:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

(i)   that on Tuesday, 17 April 2007, the Mayor of Nagasaki, Iccho Itoh, was murdered in a senseless crime,

(ii)   that Mayor Itoh was born just 2 weeks before the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and throughout his life worked tirelessly for the eradication of nuclear weapons,

(iii)   that Mayor Itoh was vice president of Mayors for Peace and a leader of their global campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons by the year 2020, and

(iv)   his significant role in the three Nagasaki Global Citizens’ Assemblies held while he was mayor;

(b)   recalls his opening address to the Assembly in 2006 where he began by asking ‘What can people possibly be thinking?’ 61 years ago ‘a single atomic bomb destroyed our city, instantly claiming the lives of 74,000 people;

(c)   notes that around 27,000 nuclear weapons exist today;

(d)   considers that the world has lost a great peace leader in Mayor Itoh; and

(e)   conveys its condolences to the family of Mayor Itoh, the Mayors for Peace and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Question agreed to.