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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 662

Senator BUSHBY (TasmaniaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (15:44): At the request of Senators Fierravanti-Wells, Moore and Smith, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges the advancements toward democratisation made by Myanmar's civilian government, which was elected in 2015;

(b) reaffirms Australia's support for genuine democracy and institution building in Myanmar;

(c) expresses its sadness at the murders of Mr Ko Ni and Mr Nay Win;

(d) acknowledges that:

   (i) Mr Ko Ni was a legal adviser to Myanmar's leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and an expert in constitutional law who visited Australia last year, meeting leaders in the legal and political community, including at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian National University and University of Melbourne, and

   (ii) Mr Nay Win was a taxi driver who attempted to restrain Mr Ko Ni's attacker before being killed himself; and

(e) sends condolences to the family and friends of Mr Ko Ni and Mr Nay Win, as well as to the people of Myanmar on these tragic losses.