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The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr McClelland (Attorney-General)—That the House:

(1)    notes the sixtieth anniversary of the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949;

(2)    congratulates the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for continuously fostering the principles of international humanitarian law to limit human suffering in times of armed conflict and to prevent atrocities, especially against civilian populations, the wounded, and prisoner of war;

(3)    recalls Australia’s ratification of the Conventions and of the two Additional Protocols of 1977;

(4)    affirms all parliamentary measures taken in support of such ratification;

(5)    encourages the fullest implementation of the Conventions and Additional Protocols by the military forces and civilian organisations of all States;

(6)    encourages ratification by all nations of the Conventions and Additional Protocols; and

(7)    recognises the extraordinary contribution made by many individual Australians, including Australian Red Cross members, volunteers and staff, in carrying out the humanitarian ideals expressed in the Conventions and Additional Protocols—

Debate resumed.




Suspension of meeting

At 12.28 p.m., a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.

Resumption of meeting

At 12.41 p.m., the proceedings were resumed.




Debate adjourned (Mr Melham), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.