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Friday, 16 June 1989
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Senator HARRADINE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the Executive-Director of the United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA], Dr Nafis Sadik, recommended to a meeting of the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme which commenced in New York on 5 June 1989 that an amount of $US57 million [A$76 million] be allocated by UNFPA for assistance to the Government of the People's Republic of China for a population control programme co-ordinated by the Department of International Relations/Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations of the PRC,

(ii) this action has been condemned by the US Government as a further example of UNFPA's support for population control programmes involving the violation of human rights including coercive abortions and involuntary sterilisations,

(iii) in August 1985 the US Congress enacted legislation which prohibits US contributions to any organisation which supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation,

(iv) in September 1985, USAID issued an official declaration that UNFPA participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilisation in the People's Republic of China,

(v) the US withdrew all support for UNFPA, has regularly monitored its activities and has refused to resume support because there are `no significant changes either in the nature of the China population program of in UNFPA's assistance to China which would warrant resuming support for UNFPA',

(vi) in December 1988, in response to assurances sought by members of the AIDAB sub-committee of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, that UNFPA had not funded programs which involved coercive practices, Dr Nafis Sadik advised that ``a review conducted by USAID had found that UNFPA had not been involved in coercion''. Dr Sadik failed to advise that this March 1985 USAID release was careful to note that the review had not included audits of UNFPA accounts or site visits of UNFPA field activities and failed to advise the Committee that by September 1985 USAID itself had rejected the statement in that review relied upon by Dr Sadik; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to immediately cease allocating aid money to UNFPA which, despite its lip service to high sounding principles, continues to be involved with the population control program of the government of the PRC which is responsible for gross and continuing violations of human rights and repeatedly holds the PRC's population control programme up as a model for developing countries to emulate.