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Tuesday, 7 October 2003
Page: 20754

Mr McClelland asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 11 August 2003:

(1) What legislation has been introduced and/or other steps taken by the Australian Government in fulfilment of obligations under resolution 1373 of the Security Council of the United Nations.

(2) What steps has Australia taken to ensure that Pacific island nations fulfil obligations under that resolution and what steps has the Australian Government taken to ensure that our Pacific island neighbours adhere to all 12 anti-terrorism conventions.

Mr Downer (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Government has taken a number of measures to fulfil its obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1373 (28 September 2001). Most of those measures fall primarily within the Attorney-General's portfolio. Within my portfolio, the Government has implemented a terrorist asset freezing regime through amending Part 4 of the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945, and enacting the Charter of the United Nations (Terrorism and Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2002. The Government has also ratified core UN conventions on terrorism, including, in 2002, the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, and the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.

(2) The Nasonini Declaration required Pacific island countries to take steps to implement internationally agreed anti-terrorism measures, such as the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 and the Financial Action Task Force Special Recommendations, including associated reporting requirements.

Draft model legislation under the Nasonini Declaration prepared by the Nasonini Implementation Expert Working Group was tabled at the August 2003 Forum. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has advised that in-country drafting assistance, by legal drafters who have drafted the model provisions, will be available to individual Forum Island Countries to implement the legislative provisions upon their request. Australia is continuing to work with the Secretariat and other nations and organisations to pursue these matters.