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Notice given 28 September 2011

1264  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In regard to the Australians who were arrested in Thailand on charges of lese-majeste:

  1. Do Australian authorities advise a guilty plea; if so can the reasoning for this be provided.
  2. Have Australian authorities discussed concerns with their Thai counterparts about the court processes and bail applications for foreigners charged with this offence.
  3. Have Australian authorities discussed their opposition to the freedom of speech restrictions this law places on Thailand’s citizens and visitors.