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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 663

Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (15:44): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator DI NATALE: The Greens fully support this motion. Mr Ko Ni is being remembered in Myanmar as irreplaceable. He is a lawyer who stood up for Muslim rights and who criticised the military's influence. Amnesty described him as 'a tireless human rights campaigner' and said that his death had 'all the hallmarks of an assassination'. Mr Nay Win was a taxi driver who sacrificed his life to try to save another's. The world needs more of them, and I extend the Greens' deepest condolences to their families.

Motions like these do highlight the importance of ensuring that we do have the opportunity to put forward issues of foreign policy in this chamber. We should be raising issues like suspected assassinations in Myanmar and like the plight of the Rohingya minority in that country. I do hope sincerely that this motion signals that those opposite, the government, are now willing to allow these sorts of motions in the chamber.

Question agreed to.