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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—CHINA—HUMAN RIGHTS

Senator Stott Despoja amended her notice of motion by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 704—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) close relatives of Australian citizens are currently being detained by the People's Republic of China on the basis that they practise Falun Gong, and

  (ii) the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights applies to the treatment of Falun Gong practitioners worldwide;

 (b) expresses its support for an open and effective human rights dialogue between Australia and the People's Republic of China;

 (c) calls on the Australian Government, in the context of the human rights dialogue, to:

  (i) raise the issue of the continued detention of Falun Gong practitioners with close family ties to Australia, and

  (ii) emphasise that the practise of religion should not form the basis of the incarceration of any individual; and

 (d) reaffirms its commitment to freedom of belief within Australia and recognises the freedom of Australians to practise Falun Gong without fear of harassment.

Question put and passed.