Friday, October 24, 2003

Harradine to boycott Hu's Parliamentary address

Tasmanian Independent Senator Brian Harradine says he will boycott today's address to Parliament by Chinese President Hu Jintao because of China's poor record on human rights.

Senator Harradine said the Chinese Government is guilty of continuing and appalling breaches of human rights.

"This is setting a precedent where for the first time in our history this has occurred, giving a platform to a person where there is absolutely not democracy in China, and there is gross violations of human rights," Senator Harradine said.

By Who? 24 October 03

Australia's shameful day: Greens Senators excluded
The Greens Senators have tried to get into the chamber for the address of the Chinese President Hu Jintao to Federal Parliament. They were stopped by attendants from entering because they have been excluded for 24-hours after their interjections during US President George W Bush's speech.