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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7563

Senator NETTLE (New South Wales) (3.53 p.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 10 December 2002 is International Human Rights Day and joins with the many thousands around the world who are participating in events on this day to:

(i) condemn the ongoing abuse of human rights worldwide,

(ii) extend our sympathy to the victims of these abuses, and

(iii) support the defence of those rights both in Australia and overseas; and

(b) condemns the Government's appalling record in the field of human rights and, in particular, the Government's:

(i) failure to endorse the optional protocol to the United Nations (UN) Convention Against Torture,

(ii) contravention of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to some asylum seeker detainees,

(iii) proposed contraventions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to be enacted under the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002,

(iv) unwillingness to act in defence of Mr David Hicks and Mr Mamdouh Habib, illegally detained in Guantanemo Bay, Cuba, and

(v) in principle support of a United States impunity agreement in regard to Article 98 of the International Criminal Court treaty.

Question put.