Senate debates

Wednesday, 8 February 2006

West Papua

3:43 pm

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I move:

That the Senate—
that elections for regional government in West Papua have again been delayed by the Indonesian Government,
reports of increasing human rights violations by the Indonesian military and militias in West Papua,
the recent arrival of 43 asylum seekers in Australia seeking refuge from persecution in West Papua, and
the renewal of joint training and cooperation between the Australian Defence Forces and the Indonesian Kopassus special forces; and
calls on the Australian Government to:
suspend joint training and cooperation with the Indonesian special forces until a thorough and independent investigation of their involvement in human rights abuses in West Papua has concluded,
not sign on to any agreement between Australia and Indonesia that requires Australia to recognise Indonesian sovereignty over West Papua and remain silent about human rights abuses that occur in West Papua at the hands of the Indonesian military and militias,
work towards restoring human rights to the West Papuans,
facilitate a meeting between the Indonesian Government and the West Papuan independence movement, and
respect the rights of the West Papuans to determine their own future.

Question put.