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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9230


Senator BILYK (Tasmania) (15:35): I, and also on behalf of Senator Bernardi, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that commemorations are underway for the eighty-fifth anniversary of Holodomor, to mark an enforced famine in Ukraine caused by the deliberate actions of Stalin's Communist Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR);

(b) recalls that it is estimated that up to seven million Ukrainians starved to death, as a result of Stalin's policies in 1932 to 1933 alone;

(c) condemns these acts aimed at destroying the national, cultural, religious and democratic aspirations of the Ukrainian people;

(d) condemns all similar acts during the twentieth century as the ultimate manifestations of racial, ethnic or religious hatred and violence;

(e) honours the memory of those who lost their lives during Holodomor;

(f) joins the Ukrainian Australian community and the international community in commemorating this tragic milestone under the motto, Ukraine Remembers - The World Acknowledges;

(g) recognises the importance of remembering and learning from such dark chapters in human history to ensure that such crimes against humanity are not allowed to be repeated; and

(h) pays its respects to the Australian Ukrainians who lived through this tragedy and have told their horrific stories.

Question agreed to.