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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi - her safe passage and security

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (11:58): I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has embarked on a tour of Burma,

(ii) Kyaw Win, the second highest-ranking diplomat at the Burmese Embassy in Washington DC, has defected because of the Burmese Government's human rights violations and sham elections, adding that the current threats against Daw Suu's life 'must be taken seriously'; and

(b) requests the Government to:

(i) monitor Daw Suu's safety and welfare,

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Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Thursday 2 June 2011

Senator LUDLAM: I have a couple of questions relating to Burma as it relates to our aid program. I understand there was a recent Burma conference at ANU called Burma/Myanmar Update, held on 16 and 17 May in Canberra. I understand that this conference was funded by AusAID-or that is what the conference convener said. Can you confirm for us whether or not AusAID funded that conference?

Mr Moore: Yes, we have provided funding to that Burma update conference for some years. We were a funder this year as well.

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Disarmament, Non-proliferation and Wikileaks

Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Thursday 2 June 2011

CHAIR: Thank you, Senator Trood. I think we should now go on to Senator Ludlam. You are on non-proliferation, Senator Ludlam?

Senator LUDLAM: I think I will probably direct most of my questions to Mr Floyd. Before I get into detail perhaps you might provide us with what your current work plan is and what is occupying most of your time.

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Defence Foreign Affairs and Trade Wednesday 1 June 2011

Senator LUDLAM: Thanks very much, Chair, and thanks, Senator Trood. Welcome back, Mr Borrowman. Last time we met, which was I think shortly after the November election in Burma-a month or two-there had not been any formal communication between the Australian government and the new government in Burma. Is that still the case?

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Government accountability falls through WikiLeaks ‘memory hole’

The Government has invented a new reason to avoid answering questions in Senate Estimates hearings today, refusing to address topics relating to leaked documents.

"The Government has set an arbitrary and dangerous precedent based on nothing more than discomfort at revelations in successive WikiLeaks disclosures," Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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