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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4827

Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (9:44 AM) —I seek leave to amend notice of motion No. 509 standing in my name, relating to concentration camps in North Korea.

Leave granted.

Senator BOB BROWN —I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate be aware:

(a)   of reports that approximately 200 000 people are held in hard labour concentration camps in North Korea;

(b)   that prisoners allegedly include people caught listening to foreign radio broadcasts, families of accused persons and those who have failed to show ‘proper respect’ to the President; and

(c)   that after 12 to 15 hours work daily, a poor diet, no medical care or proper sanitary conditions, thousands of prisoners have allegedly died or are dying,

calls on the Government to report to the Senate within one month, with a full account of all knowledge available on this issue.

Question agreed to.