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Thursday, 27 May 1993
Page: 1406

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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that while the elections in Cambodia have provided hope for the resolution of the long-running conflict in that country, many issues remain unresolved, particularly:

      (i)the uncertainty over the willingness of the Khmer Rouge to participate peacefully in a democratic Cambodia,

      (ii)the safety of people in the countryside due to the presence of large numbers of armed troops, and

      (iii)the need to clear the country of an estimated four million land mines;

  (b)calls on the Government:

      (i)to release into the Australian community those Cambodian nationals presently being held in immigration detention centres, and

      (ii)to establish a humanitarian protection category which would enable them to live in Australia for a period of not less than 4 years, similar to that which has been made available to nationals from the People's Republic of China.