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Notice given 16 September 2003

602  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) like anti-personnel landmines, anti-vehicle mines kill and maim long after conflicts have ended,

(ii) like anti-personnel landmines, anti-vehicle mines are indiscriminate and kill both civilians and military personnel in violation of the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol 1) of 8 June 1977,

(iii) anti-vehicle mines can increase the cost and slow the delivery of humanitarian aid,

(iv) there is no publicly available evidence that the Australian Defence Forces have gained any direct military advantage from the use of anti-vehicle mines since the Korean War,

(v) the only Australian soldier killed in the 2001 to 2002 deployment to Afghanistan, SAS Sergeant Andrew Russell, was the victim of an anti-vehicle mine, and

(vi) of the four Australian peace-keepers killed since 1966 by weapons, two have been killed by landmines while driving in vehicles; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) recognise anti-vehicle mines that can be set off by contact with a person as anti-personnel landmines, and therefore banned under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and their Destruction (Mine Ban Treaty),

(ii) support a ban on anti-vehicle mines with anti-handling devices, which can be set off if a mine is disturbed, and

(iii) work with like-minded countries towards a global ban on the production, stockpiling, transfer and use of anti-vehicle mines.

On 8 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on staff employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 .

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on forestry plantations.

Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Report to be presented on progress towards national reconciliation.

General Business—Notice of Motion