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Wednesday, 6 June 1984
Page: 2580

Senator CHIPP (Leader of the Australian Democrats) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) views with grave concern the Government's moves, including the modification of the ALP platform, which would clearly have the effect of weakening its commitment and performance with regard to the advancement and protection of basic human rights;

(b) notes that these moves contradict the essential universal nature of basic human rights such as the right to speak freely without the risk of arbitrary arrest, the right to life, freedom of movement, and freedom from torture;

(c) deplores the unevenhandedness which is implicit in the Minister for Foreign Affairs being prepared to raise the issue of human rights in the Soviet Union on behalf of Doctor Sakharov but not being prepared to pursue the issue of the rights of the East Timorese people with the Government of Indonesia; and

(d) expresses its concern that in weakening its emphasis on the importance of human rights the Government is merely attempting to justify its policy of abandoning the rights of the East Timorese people.