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Wednesday, 31 May 2000
Page: 16746

The following notices were given:

Mr Entsch —to present a bill for an act to amend the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967, and for related purposes.

Mr Ruddock —to present a bill for an act to amend the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, and for related purposes.

Mr Slipper —to present a bill for an act to amend the law relating to the diesel and alternative fuels grants scheme, and for related purposes.

Mr Latham —To move:

That this House:

(1) recognises the potential of Internet democracy as a way of fostering greater public participation in politics and rebuilding public trust in democratic processes;

(2) notes the US experience in conducting elections through Internet voting, plus the development of mass participation in Internet polls;

(3) notes the strong interest of the Australian Electoral Commission in the development of Internet voting; and

(4) recognises the need to reform representative democracy and create a charter of issues and governmental responsibilities determined by direct democracy.

Mr Price —To move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges the fact that a legitimate government, democratically elected, has been detained at gun point and thereafter removed from office by illegal means, in Fiji by a small band of armed terrorists;

(2) notes that the ethnic Indian communities in Fiji are being deprived from exercising their fundamental political and human rights;

(3) calls on the Australian Government to:

(a) recall Australia's High Commissioner from Suva;

(b) suspend all Ministerial and high level official contacts;

(c) seek Fiji's immediate suspension from the Commonwealth;

(d) suspend all non-humanitarian elements of Australia's $22.3 million aid program;

(e) cancel all defence cooperation with Fiji's armed forces;

(f) suspend the extension of the Import Credit Scheme in its application to Fiji;

(g) urge Australian tourists to favour other destinations instead of Fiji; and

(h) encourage other countries to adopt similar sanctions; and

(4) urges the Government to review the measures taken only upon full democratic rights being restored to each and every citizen of Fiji and a constitutional government being restored.