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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—HARKIN-ENGEL PROTOCOL—ANNIVERSARY

Senator McEwen, at the request of Senators Moore, Marshall, Birmingham, Parry and Hanson-Young and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 424—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the 10th anniversary of the Harkin-Engel Protocol signed in September 2001, designed to encourage voluntary standards for the certification of cocoa production that prohibits and eliminates engagement in the worst forms of child labour, as defined by the International Labour Organization Convention 182 which has been ratified by Australia; and

 (b) calls on the Australian Government to:

  (i) be proactive in measures to counter people trafficking or slavery,

  (ii) actively engage in international fora to ensure greater priority for consideration of measures against child slavery and trafficking,

  (iii) work cooperatively to improve traceability of products through the monitoring of their derivation, where practical, with reference to people trafficking or slavery, and


  (iv) cooperate closely with organisations and entities against people trafficking.

Question put and passed.