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Question: CHOGM Visas

Lee Rhiannon 2 Nov 2011

Question on Notice, Wednesday 2 November 2011

(Question No. 1229)

Senator Rhiannon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 21 September 2011:

Will the 'character test' under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 and the Public Interest Criteria under the Migration Regulations 1994, be applied to assess visa applications for the delegation from Sri Lanka travelling to Perth for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 2011; if not, why not.

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Australian human rights record damaged by failure to act on Sri Lankan war crimes

Lee Rhiannon 26 Oct 2011

Commenting on the arrival of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Australia for CHOGM, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said: "Attorney General Robert McClelland's decision to refuse permission for a criminal investigation of Mr Rajapaksa under the Commonwealth criminal code seriously tarnishes Australia's human rights record.

"The Attorney General should have allowed this case to be tested in court," Senator Rhiannon said.

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PM should raise war crimes tribunal with Sri Lankan President today

Lee Rhiannon 26 Oct 2011

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon today called on Prime Minister Gillard to raise in her meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is visiting Australia for CHOGM, the need for an international investigation into war crimes committed during the civil war.

"The Australian government has been tiptoeing around while international calls grow for the Sri Lankan government to agree to an independent investigation into war crimes," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Should Sri Lanka host 2018 Commonwealth Games?

Lee Rhiannon 20 Oct 2011

On the day of a significant international conference exploring issues of human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka, Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon says the selection committee deciding on the host for the 2018 Commonwealth Games should think carefully about choosing Sri Lanka’s Hambantota, which is competing against the Gold Coast.

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