Senate debates

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Questions without Notice

China: Human Rights

2:39 pm

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

In relation to that particular matter I note the comments of Foreign Secretary Raab in recent days, where he indicated that it was his instinct to separate sport from diplomacy. I share those instincts, but I do not step back from the comments that I made in response to the senator's primary question and neither, I think, does anybody in the parliament. We have a range of avenues to advocate strongly for human rights in China, including directly with China and in multilateral forums. We will continue to raise our concerns, as we've done consistently through the joint statement with 38 other countries to raise concerns about human rights in Hong Kong and in Xinjiang.


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