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VIETNAM--PRIME MINISTER'S VISIT

Senator Short, pursuant to notice, moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes that the actions of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) during

his recent visit to Vietnam have offended a wide range of

Australians;

(b) condemns the Prime Minister for deliberately refusing to

recognise the efforts of the 50 000 Australian soldiers who

fought in the Vietnam war until eventually, after 5 days, being

shamed into doing so;

(c) expresses its concern that the Prime Minister has:

(i) capitulated to the Vietnamese Government over the issue

of human rights by accepting the proposal for an

emasculated human rights delegation which apparently is

now to be insipidly called a "consultative delegation',

and

(ii) invited the Vietnamese Communist Party chief, Mr Do

Muoi, to visit Australia, despite the fact that he is

not a representative of the Vietnamese Government or

nation; and

(d) notes that Mr Do Muoi's visit will offend a great majority of

the Australian community of Vietnamese origin, who fled to

Australia to escape the very principles and practices of

communism that Mr Do Muoi represents.

Debate was interrupted while Senator Short was speaking.

At 4.30 p.m.--