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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7919


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:30): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for 60 seconds.

Senator McGRATH: Australia is a committed member of the United Nations. Australia's membership of the Human Rights Council will support the government's efforts to address some of the world's most-pressing human rights challenges. This is the first time Australia has sought election to the council, and the first time a country from the Pacific region will be represented. We will use our time on the council to push for meaningful reform to ensure the organisation is more effective. Our priorities will include empowering women and girls to reach their full potential, freedom of expression and promoting good governance and democratic institutions. The government will also continue to advocate for the abolition of the death penalty, for freedom of religion and for the rights of persons with a disability.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that notice of motion No. 529, moved by Senator Bernardi, be agreed to.