THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
THE HON TANYA PLIBSERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
MEDIA STATEMENT - READOUT OF MEETING WITH DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI
The Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition met with Myanmar’s Opposition Leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, this afternoon as part of her first official visit to Australia.
Mr Shorten and Ms Plibersek conveyed the Opposition’s support for the political reforms underway in Myanmar, and discussed the importance of increasing people to people and economic ties between our two countries. This visit to Australia helps strengthen our bilateral relationship.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a global leader in human rights and democratic reform, and one of the greatest figures of our time.
The Opposition welcomes Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s involvement in World AIDS Day activities while she is here in Australia.
HIV/AIDS remains a serious challenge for many countries, including some of Australia’s nearest neighbours. Australia must do everything we can, through our aid program and otherwise, to increase access to testing, treatment, and prevention, particularly in developing countries.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi indicated that openness and compassion are critical to responding effectively to HIV/AIDS in Myanmar.
She also expressed that that business confidence to support investment and economic growth was essential – and that political stability and enforceability of the rule of law are critical to this.
THURSDAY, 28th NOVEMBER 2013