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Australian Senator wants more pressure over Papua

Australian Senator wants more pressure over Papua

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:36 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has signed a new agreement with her Indonesian counterpart that allows the two countries' relationship to return to normal.

The deal was signed during the Minister's visit to Bali and focused on intelligence matters after revelations last year that Australia had spied on the out-going president and his inner circle.

But Democratic Labour Party Senator John Madigan says Ms Bishop should also be talking about Indonesia's treatment of indigenous people in its province of Papua.

Senator Madigan says it's important to mend fences with Indonesia, but Australia also needs to raise human rights concerns.

Presenter: Kerri Worthington

Speaker: Senator John Madigan, Democratic Labour Party

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