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West Papua - Mr Viktor Kaisiepo

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (10.06 am) - I move:

That the Senate -

(a) notes, with sadness, the recent passing of West Papuan activist Mr Viktor Kaisiepo in his hometown of Amersfoort, in the Netherlands, at the age of 61;

(b) acknowledges Mr Kaisiepo's life-long commitment to raising awareness of the plight of West Papua; and

(c) extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Mr Kaisiepo and to the broader West Papuan community.

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Senate supports Greens’ call for Red Cross access in West Papua

The Senate has supported the Greens’ call for the International Red Cross to be granted full access to West Papua.

A motion moved by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young this morning, calling for the Australian Government to urge the Indonesian Government to allow the International Red Cross into West Papua, was supported by the Senate.

“It is of great concern to the Greens that the International Red Cross cannot fully access West Papua,” said Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson for Human Rights.

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Asia-Pacific community initiative

FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEFENCE AND TRADE COMMITTEE

Senator LUDLAM-Briefly, could I come back to the conference that Senator Coonan touched on, the conference on the future of the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship that was held in Sydney earlier this year. I should just check-Mr Woolcott, were you at that conference?

Mr Woolcott-Yes, I was.

Senator LUDLAM-Can you tell us, if you have the information at hand, how much public funds were spent organising and holding the conference in total?

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Mean & tricky Immigration Dept. betrays Papuans again

Deep in the jungles of New Guinea the Melanesians of West Papua helped Australian diggers fight the Japanese. They carried wounded men, ammunition and supplies through difficult terrain. They provided food and worked at the massive naval base in Hollandia.

How does the Howard government, that rarely hesitates to wrap itself in the flag, repay this debt of honour? By turning away West Papuan asylum seekers who seek our protection, and turning a blind eye to the Indonesian military colonialism that many experts equate as genocide.

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Howard should insist Jakarta halt Papuan rape and murder

Prime Minister John Howard should insist that Jakarta intervene to halt the reported rape and murder of Papuans in West Papua by military forces, Greens Leader bob Brown said today.
 
"Human Rights Watch has reported a culture of opportunistic brutality and military impunity and cites cases of deaths, including children, as a result of military action against Papuan communities suspected of harbouring rebels," Senator Brown said.
 

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Death of West Papuan leader a 'tragedy' – Brown

 Greens Leader Bob Brown today expressed his immense sorrow at the death of a great West Papuan leader, Willem (Wim) Zonggonau.
 
"I was very sorry to hear of Wim's death. He was a fine and inspiring person," Senator Brown said.
 
"I can still remember when Australian officials dragged he and Clemens Runawery off the plane on Manus Island in 1969. They were stopped from travelling to the United Nations to tell them about the sham referendum which had denied Papuans their independence.
 

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Indonesia pact should be vetted by Senate

Greens Leader Bob Brown has moved for a Senate inquiry into the Howard government's proposed security pact with Indonesia.
 
"There is great public disquiet in Australia about this pact, especially as it will contain a clause to have Australia endorse Jakarta's military control of West Papua," said Senator Brown.
 
"The Prime Minster should consult parliament before signing a treaty with President Yudhoyono," Senator Brown said.
 
Further information: Ebony Bennett 0409 164 603
 

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