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Wednesday, 5 May 1993
Page: 99


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)deplores the Government's promise of a `renewed focus on defence industry exports' on page 8 of the Opening of Parliament Address and welcomes, instead, the Government's undertaking to work actively for `limitation of conventional arms transfers', as stated on page 12 of the speech;

  (b)notes the further potential contradiction between `strengthened defence co-operation' in the Asia-Pacific region and the Government's promise to support the application of universal human rights and democratic principles; and

  (c)calls on the Government:

    (i)to stop such defence co-operation and, in particular, to stop providing military training, weapons and equipment to countries where such assistance would be used for suppressing internal political dissent, and

    (ii)to take a strong stance against human rights violations such as those which occurred in Bougainville and East Timor.