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Monday, 11 August 2003
Page: 12984

Senator Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the international conference on West Papua being held in New Zealand in the lead up to the 2003 South Pacific Forum;

(b) calls upon the Australian Government to support granting West Papuan leaders observer status at the forum;

(c) urges members of the Pacific Islands Forum to remember the unresolved tragedy of the Pacific people of West Papua; and

(d) urges the forum to support calls from the West Papua conference to:

(i) send a fact-finding mission to West Papua to investigate the human rights situation there, and

(ii) to press forum dialogue partner Indonesia to:

(a) end military operations in West Papua, and halt the activities of Laskar Jihad and all militia forces, and

(b) bring to justice those responsible for serious crimes committed in West Papua, including the killing of Papuan leader Theys Eluay in November 2001.