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WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2013

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1283—That the Senate—

 (a) acknowledges that 20 June 2013 is World Refugee Day, when all nations recognise the resilience and humanity of forcibly displaced people around the world;

 (b) notes that when Australia signed the Refugee Convention in 1954, one of the earliest countries to do so, Australia's delegate said that the Government regards the adoption of the Convention as a necessary step towards alleviating the conditions facing large numbers of people whose plight is one of the saddest facts of our unhappy world; and


 (c) reaffirms Australia's strong commitment to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and 1967 Protocol.

Question put and passed.