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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 164

Mr BAUME (Macarthur) -Tonight I want to talk very briefly about the tragic murder in Zambia of Tony Joyce of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. As a former member of the Australian Journalists Association and as a district committee man I cannot express strongly enough my disgust and my abhorrence at the style of murder and at the acceptance apparently by some nations of the self-assumed right to murder journalists. We have seen it happen in Timor. Now we have seen it happen in Zambia. We saw in Zambia the incarceration of Tony Joyce's cameraman in a disgraceful attempt by the Zambian Government to pretend that Mr Joyce was involved in something improper, which was totally untrue. The whole affair requires our greatest condemnation.

I stress that many Australian journalists go to great risks to bring the truth and the news to the people of Australia. The people of Australia are entitled to be told what is going on in the world and they have an outstanding group of people doing so. I suppose it is important that the people of Australia recognise the risk to the lives of journalists that is involved in so many cases in bringing the news to Australia so that we have an accurate and proper version of what is happening around the world. I stress that I believe this Government should take the strongest possible action to bring to the attention of the Zambian Government the abhorrence of the Australian people at the wilful murder of Tony Joyce, the incarceration of his cameraman and the disgraceful behaviour of the Zambian Government in this affair. I urge the Government to do anything it can in our relations with the Zambian Government to bring about some recognition by that Government of the fact that the Australian Government will not stand idly by and see its journalists murdered in cold blood.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (MrMillar)Order! It being11 p.m. the debate is interrupted. The House stands adjourned until 10.30 a.m. tomorrow.

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