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Australia Must Follow Google's Lead On China

Google's public warning that it is considering pulling out of China because of cyber-attacks on human rights activists has shown the lead to governments and countries around the world, according to the Australian Greens.

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Human Rights, says reports that China has tried to breach the internet giant's database to access activists' details emphasise how serious the threat to human rights remains.

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Question on notice Gedun Choekyi Nyima

(Question No. 2124)
Senator Hanson-Young asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs,
upon notice, on 8 September 2009:
With reference to Gedun Choekyi Nyima who was detained by Chinese authorities on 17 May 1995,
aged six, after being recognised by the Dalai Lama as the eleventh Panchen Lama of Tibet:
(1) What efforts has the Australian Government made to obtain information on the health and whereabouts
of Gedun Choekyi Nyima since the former Minister for Foreign Affairs reported to the

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Education Services for Overseas Students

Australia's thriving international education sector has come under local and international media scrutiny over the past few months, following a series of reports surrounding violent attacks against Indian students. This follows calls for better assistance and support for international students that have fallen on the deaf ears of successive governments and opposition parties.

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Australia must act to protect region’s mothers

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Australian Government can no longer ignore the fact that women are dying on our doorstep in horrific numbers while giving life.

This week the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development’s Open Hearing on Maternal Health in the Pacific has heard evidence that Papua New Guinea has the worst rate of maternal death in the Pacific, a situation which has worsened in the last decade.

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Death penalty in Vietnam

That the Senate:
1. notes that:
a) The Socialist Republic of Vietnam continues to apply the death penalty, with at least 19 reported executions in 2008 alone;
b) the right to life is a fundamental human right recognised in:
i. the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which both Australia and Vietnam are parties;
ii. the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which both Australia and Vietnam are parties;
c) respect for human life and dignity are values common to Australia and Vietnam;

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Interception Protocols for Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (3.57 pm)

—I move:

That the Senate calls on the Minister for Home Affairs (Mr O’Connor), the Minister for Defence (Senator Faulkner) and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Evans) to conduct a review of the current protocols for the interception of Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels in Australian waters and report back to the Senate by 26 November 2009.

Senator FAULKNER (New South Wales— Minister for Defence) (3.57 pm)—by leave—

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United Nations International Literacy Day

That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) 8 September is United Nations International Literacy Day,
(ii) literacy is integral to individual empowerment, civic and social development and global peace and harmony, and
(iii) in the international literacy decade, much work is still needed to realise the goal of increasing global literacy rates by 50 per cent by 2015;
(b) recognises that:
(i) one in five adults worldwide are not literate and  two-thirds of these are women,
(ii) 75 million children are not enrolled in school, and

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