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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—NORTH KOREA

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) amended general business notice of motion no. 509 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate, aware:

 (a) of reports that approximately 200 000 people are held in hard labour concentration camps in North Korea;

 (b) that prisoners allegedly include people caught listening to foreign radio broadcasts, families of accused persons and those who have failed to show `proper respect' to the President; and

 (c) that after 12 to 15 hours work daily, a poor diet, no medical care or proper sanitary conditions, thousands of prisoners have allegedly died or are dying,

calls on the Government to report to the Senate within one month with a full account of all knowledge available on this issue.

Question put and passed.