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Tuesday, 23 November 1993
Page: 3428


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

  That the Senate—

    (a)is of the view that the forthcoming general election in the Republic of South Africa should be both free and fair, and should reflect popular electoral opinion accurately;

    (b)draws to the attention of the Government of South Africa the simple fact that it is the Government's responsibility, and that of all its agencies, specifically that of its security forces, to ensure that the poll is free to the maximum extent possible from attempts to intimidate voters or to direct such violence against the election process that the ballot is rendered null and void;

    (c)recognises that Australia, together with many other interested members of the international community, has a role to play in observing and supporting the democratic process and endorsing a free and fair outcome; and

    (d)reaffirms that it is the obligation of the Government of South Africa to establish the framework by which the democratic process can take the final step toward permanence and guaranteed integrity.