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Thursday, 28 October 1993
Page: 2684

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

  That the Senate—


    (i)the comments made by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating), in the week beginning 24 October 1993, concerning human rights and the situation in East Timor, and

    (ii)that, according to human rights agencies such as Amnesty International, there has been an increasing level of human rights violations occurring in East Timor, including unlawful detentions, disappearances, killings and torture on a widespread scale;

  (b)reminds the Prime Minister that Australia has important international obligations to uphold principles of human rights and self-determination as embodied in United Nations declarations, and that these cannot be overlooked;

  (c)rejects Indonesia's military presence in East Timor;

  (d)calls on:

    (i)the Australian Government to reverse the failed and totally duplicitous policy of recognising Indonesian sovereignty over the territory,

    (ii)Indonesia to immediately release Xanana Gusmao from prison and to enter into genuine negotiations with a view to reaching a peaceful settlement in East Timor, and

    (iii)the Prime Minister to increase his efforts on behalf of the people of East Timor; and

  (e)encourages the Prime Minister to seek active international support for the cause of self-determination for the people of East Timor.