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Thursday, 30 August 2001
Page: 30705

Ms HOARE (5:40 PM) —I had planned to raise this matter before hearing the contributions from the member for Fowler and the member for Moreton. The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance will be held in Durban, South Africa, from tomorrow, 31 August, to 7 September 2001. The conference will bring together 189 countries of the United Nations to focus world attention on measures to prevent and eradicate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance.

On 30 July I put a question on notice to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, asking whether there would be an official Australian delegation attending the world conference and, if so, whether he would be leading the delegation; if not, why not? I understand that, while Australia is in the international spotlight in relation to the MV Tampa moored off our coast, the delegation to this very important conference is going to be led not by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, not by the minister for immigration, but by Senator Kay Patterson.

I wrote to many organisations in my electorate regarding the conference. I have received a response from the students of Morisset High School, from Susan McDonald, the antiracism contact officer at Morisset High School, and Margaret Gibbs, the relieving principal of Morisset High School. I am very proud of the students at that high school. In the short period of time between when I wrote to them and now, they have surveyed all the students at the high school and have come up with responses to the five major themes of the World Conference against Racism. The themes are: the sources and causes of racism, the victims of racism, prevention and education about racism, effective remedies and strategies. The students from my electorate at Morisset High School came up with some great ideas. I will continue my remarks on this later.

Question resolved in the negative.