Senate debates

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Questions without Notice

China: Human Rights

2:35 pm

Photo of Rex PatrickRex Patrick (SA, Independent) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator Colbeck. Minister, what is the total taxpayer funding committed to support Australia's participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China? Given the gross human rights abuses committed by the Chinese government—including what amounts to genocide against the Uighur people—the suppression of democratic freedoms in Hong Kong and the imprisonment of Australian citizens on trumped-up national security charges, how can the government morally support Australian participation in the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing? Would you agree that Australia should step away from what will be a massive Chinese communist propaganda spectacle? Will you, as the sports minister, confer with the Australian Olympic Committee and the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia to bring about an Australian boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games?


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