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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—CONVENTION ON CLUSTER MUNITIONS

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 491—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the Fourth Review Conference on the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects will be held in Geneva from 14 November to 25 November 2011,

  (ii) Australia will be the Friend of the Chair at this conference,

  (iii) the proposed new protocol on cluster munitions protocol will be discussed at this conference,

  (iv) this protocol does not uphold the high standard and obligations of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM),

  (v) the development of a weaker legal norm with this protocol sets a dangerous precedent for avoiding existing legal obligations, and

  (vi) support for this protocol could potentially breach the obligations of a state party to the CCM; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) recognise that the CCM is the reference for the prohibition of such weapons, and

  (ii) undertake not to support this protocol or any other instrument that weakens the CCM.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 37

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Bilyk

Bishop

Boyce

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Crossin

Edwards

Fifield

Fisher

Gallacher

Kroger (Teller)

Ludwig

Lundy

Macdonald

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Nash

Parry

Payne

Polley

Pratt

Singh

Sinodinos

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.