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UNITED NATIONS--CONFERENCE ON WOMEN

Senator Reid, by leave, moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes that the United Nations 4th Conference on Women is to be

held in Beijing in September 1995;

(b) supports the right of all women, including Tibetan women, to

take part in the Non-Government Organisation (NGO) conference to

be held at the same time;

(c) is concerned:

(i) at the reports that the NGO forum is to be held at a

considerable distance from the World Conference at a

site that cannot accommodate the approximately 20 000

participants expected at the forum,

(ii) at reports that telecommunication, hotel,

interpretation and transport facilities are inadequate

for a conference of this kind and scale, and

(iii) at reports of strict customs procedures and controls

with regard to the importation of written and

audiovisual materials by participants of both

conferences; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth Evans)

to continue:

(i) to make representations to the Chinese Government and to

the conference secretariat to allow women from Tibet who

are accredited to NGOs to attend the conference, and

(ii) to urge the Chinese Government to ensure that adequate

arrangements are put in place to enable the NGO

conference to proceed with adequate facilities and

democratic procedures.

Question put and passed.