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LAND RIGHTS--EDDIE MABO--DESECRATION OF GRAVE

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot), pursuant to

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

Senate--

(a) notes the terrible desecration of Eddie Mabo's grave in

Townsville's Belgian Gardens Cemetery on the weekend of 3 and 4

June 1995;

(b) condemns the person or persons responsible for this disgraceful

action;

(c) recognises:

(i) the enormous contribution that Eddie Mabo made to the

acknowledgment and assessment of land rights for

indigenous people, and

(ii) the way in which Eddie Mabo's struggle and

determination, in fact, enhanced the process of

reconciliation in this nation; and

(d) extends its fullest sympathy to Eddie Mabo's widow and family.

Question put and passed.

Senator Reynolds, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a

formal motion, moved--That the Senate--

(a) records its total abhorrence of the desecration of Eddie Mabo's

tombstone;

(b) gives its sympathy to Bonita Mabo and her family;

(c) recognises Eddie Mabo as a national hero for land rights reform;

and

(d) offers its apologies to Bonita Mabo, her family and the Torres

Strait Islander and Aboriginal communities.

Question put and passed.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Hill), pursuant to

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

Senate--

(a) notes, with concern and regret, the desecration on the weekend

of 3 and 4 June 1995 of the tombstone of the late Eddie Mabo;

(b) condemns the actions of those responsible for that wanton act of

racially-inspired vandalism; and

(c) calls for renewed efforts within the Australian community to

increase tolerance and understanding in an effort to avoid such

occurrences in the future.

Question put and passed.

Senator Campbell, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a

formal motion, moved--That the Senate condemns those anonymous and

cowardly creatures who desecrated the grave of Eddie Mabo over the

weekend of 3 and 4 June 1995 as a disgraceful act of blatant vandalism.

Question put and passed.