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Notice given 16 September 2003

601  Senator Hutchins: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the British Health Secretary’s recent decision to provide compensation to all Britons who contracted Hepatitis C as a result of receiving contaminated blood products from the National Health Service, and

(ii) that individuals are expected to receive between £20 000 and £45 000;

(b) commends the decision of the British Labour Government to provide payments to people who contracted Hepatitis C through no fault of their own;

(c) notes that many Australians who have contracted Hepatitis C in the same manner are yet to be compensated; and

(d) encourages the Australian Government to take similar action and compensate Australians who have had the misfortune of suffering the health problems associated with Hepatitis C.

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.

604  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes reports in the British press that the United States of America and Britain have decided to delay indefinitely the publication of a full report into Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) because the efforts of the Iraq survey group, an Anglo-American team of 1 400 scientists, have so far failed in its task to locate WMDs; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) to apologise to the Australian people for misleading them on the reasons for going to war with Iraq.