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Waging war in our name

When the federal government committed Australian troops to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, hundreds and thousands of Australians marched around the country in protest.

Six years on, a Bill before parliament aims to ensure that in future, any such deployment would be subject to the will of the people, via their duly elected representatives.

The Greens' private members Bill would require the parliament to vote to approve sending troops to fight on foreign soil.

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Motion to recall the Government's nuclear waste dump election promise

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (3.41pm)-I move:
That the Senate-

(a) recalls the Government's election promise and policy platform to repeal the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005;

(b) notes:

(i) the statement given by the Minister for Resources and Energy (Mr Ferguson) on ABC Radio, Darwin, on 30 April 2009 which indicated that the Government will keep its election promise, but refused to confirm when this will occur, and

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Burma Human Rights Day

The following motion was passed unanimously by the Senate:

The Senate

Notes that:

1. the 13th of March is recognised as Burma Human Rights Day;
2. the global campaign "Free Burma's Political Prisoners Now!" will commence on 13 March 2009;
3. the democratically elected parliament was not convened in Burma after the 1990 election;
4. The referendum on the current constitution was held immediately following Cyclone Nargis was a sham and the result cannot be considered credible.

Calls on the Australian Government to:

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Questions on Burma

Senator LUDLAM (2.18 pm)-My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. In his statement of 22 October 2008 the foreign minister announced that the Australian government would 'continue to press Burma's regime for meaningful progress towards democracy'. Can the minister outline exactly what the government has done since this announcement?

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Asia-Pacific community initiative


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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