Senate debates

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Questions without Notice

China: Human Rights

2:36 pm

Photo of Richard ColbeckRichard Colbeck (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians) Share this | Hansard source

At the outset, can I say Australia remains deeply concerned by reports of enforced disappearances, mass detention, forced labour and pervasive surveillance of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, and by restriction of freedom of religion and belief in China. These concerns are reflected across the parliament and the Australian community; I note Senator Abetz's contribution to the parliament during senators' statements earlier today.

Minister Payne has clearly conveyed the Australian government's concerns about the situation in Xinjiang to China, including during her last three meetings with State Councillor Wang Yi and during her address to the UN Human Rights Council on 14 September this year. Australia will continue to raise its concerns during sessions of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly, as we have done consistently during recent sessions.

I have some figures on support for winter sports. I will note that all of the funding allocations made to winter sports are available publicly on the Sport Australia website. The last financial year figures that I have for high-performance allocations are for the Olympic Winter Institute, of $5.25 million. Skiing and snowboarding received $1.61 million for able-body sport, and there was $1.23 million for parasports. Those numbers go beyond the Winter Olympics—


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