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SOUTH AFRICAN ELECTIONS

Senator Bourne, by leave, made a statement relating to notices of motion

concerning South Africa and, also on behalf of Senators Loosley, Short,

Chamarette and Harradine, moved--That the Senate--

(a) joins with the people of South Africa to celebrate the historic

election leading to the formation of the first non-racial,

democratic government in that country's history;

(b) congratulates President-elect Nelson Mandela on his personal

triumph in overcoming the legacy of four decades of abhorrent

apartheid and nearly three decades of imprisonment;

(c) thanks President F W de Klerk for the dignified and honourable

way he has led his government and country to majority rule;

(d) recognises the efforts of a wide range of Australians from all

political persuasions in support of human rights in South Africa

over a period of decades;

(e) notes the valuable role played by the Australian Electoral

Commission in providing advice on the successful running of the

elections, and the important contribution of Australian election

observers in the Commonwealth Observer Group in South Africa and

the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa in assisting

to ensure that those elections were free and fair; and

(f) offers its wholehearted support and encouragement to the new

multi-racial government in its institution of free and

democratic rule in South Africa and in progress to a new,

peaceful and prosperous South Africa founded on the principles

of social and economic justice and equity.

Question put and passed.