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CHINA--NUCLEAR TESTING PROGRAM

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

formal motion, moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the nuclear testing site at Lop Nor in north-west China

has been contaminated by earlier atmospheric nuclear

tests and that the most recent underground test was the

forty-third nuclear test in that region,

(ii) the Xinjiang region is deemed an "autonomousregion',

giving it the same political status as Tibet, and yet

the Chinese Government continues to subject the region

to the environmental and health risks associated with

nuclear tests, and

(iii) the Xinjiang region operates as a penal colony for the

Chinese Government; and

(b) calls on:

(i) the international community to give full support to the

Uygurs in Xinjiang who wish to end nuclear testing in

their homeland, and

(ii) the Australian Government to help co-ordinate high

level regional representation to China to clearly

express the strong regional opposition to China's

nuclear testing program.

Question put and passed.