Mr Downer still ordered to provide evidence to court;

On Tuesday 8 August, erected mass banners will be included in the ongoing protest by Falun Gong practitioners outside the Chinese Embassy in Canberra for the first time in four years – a peaceful act that Foreign Minister Alexander Downer had prohibited from March 2002 until March 2006.

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John Fitzgerald, a professor in Asia-Pacific studies at the Australian National University, told a federal parliamentary committee that many in leadership positions in China felt the Government’s banning of Falun Gong and its subsequent persecution was a terrible mistake.

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Mr Collaery told reporters this was a sensible decision and inevitable because of the impact on freedom of expression. He said Mr Downer was apparently reluctant to justify his statements that noise and music from demonstrators was impeding the work of Chinese diplomats and offending the dignity of the mission.