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AUSCHWITZ--ANNIVERSARY

Senator Baume amended his notice of motion by leave and, pursuant to

notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved--That the

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the weekend beginning 28 January 1995 marked the 50th

anniversary of the liberation by the allies of the

Auschwitz death camp in Poland at which up to 1.5

million people, mostly Jews, were exterminated by the

Nazis, and

(ii) this solemn anniversary was marked by ceremonies

acknowledging the horrific nature of the official

policy of genocide against Jews that was manifested in

the Holocaust that claimed 6 million lives;

(b) regrets that, notwithstanding the attendance of Australia's

Ambassador, the Australian Government was not among those

formally invited to participate in the ceremonies at

Auschwitz-Birkenau marking this anniversary, and expresses the

deepest respect and tribute to the many Australian Jews,

servicemen and persons of other backgrounds who experienced the

horror of being imprisoned at Auschwitz;

(c) condemns those revisionists who, in the face of overwhelming

evidence including wartime records recently made available by

Russian authorities, continue to deny the truth of the

Holocaust;

(d) expresses its sympathy and support for Jewish and other victims

who survived the horror of the Holocaust; and

(e) calls on all Australians to remember these crimes against

humanity in order to ensure Australia's continuing condemnation

of any attempts to repeat such horrors.

Question put and passed.