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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2825

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Leader of the Government in the Senate seen a message from the International Secretariat of Amnesty International advising of the finding the tortured body of Lumi Videla Moya dumped on the premises of the Italian Embassy in Santiago, Chile, a report which was confirmed by the Italian Foreign Office in Rome? Does the message also allege that the husband and 4-year old son ofthe dead woman were also tortured in her presence? In view of the serious allegation and the extension of torture to young children, will the Leader of the Government raise this inhuman and fiendish development with the Prime Minister and ask him to protest on behalf of the Australian Government to General Binochet against the torture and murder of political prisoners in Chile? In particular, will the Attorney-General ask the Prime Minister to seek the release of Sergio Alfredo Perez Molina and his 4-year-old son and offer them asylum in Australia?

Senator MURPHY - 1 have seen the message. I think everyone would deplore the use of torture especially the torture of young children. It is something that is abhorrent to our morality. I will do whatever I can to assist. I will refer the matter to the attention of the Prime Minister or the Minister for Foreign Affairs to ascertain what can be done. As we all know, Amnesty International is a well respected body which tries to mitigate the ill-treatment of prisoners which unfortunately seems to be increasing throughout the world. I think that in deference to that body and in the interest of humanity whatever action can be taken ought to be taken.

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