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Monday, 5 June 1989
Page: 3296


Senator HILL —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) condemns the massive and indiscriminate slaughter of hundreds, if not thousands, of Chinese pro-democracy demonstrators by the Chinese People's Liberation Army in Tiananmen Square, in Beijing over the weekend of 3-4 June 1989;

(b) notes that the soldiers used automatic weapons, tanks and armoured vehicles on unarmed civilians and that since, 3 June 1989, there has been reinforcement of an already massive military presence;

(c) calls on the Australian Government to convey to the Chinese Government its strongest condemnation of the slaughter;

(d) calls on the Chinese Government to cease this brutality and to commence a dialogue with the demonstrators with a view to finding a way to avoid further bloodshed; and

(e) further calls on the Australian Government to recall the Australian Ambassador from Beijing for consultations and to monitor the situation in China closely with a view to taking other diplomatic and trade options if the violence continues.