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Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Page: 1470


Senator GALLAGHER (Australian Capital TerritoryManager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (15:46): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator GALLAGHER: Labor is deeply concerned at the loss of life and human rights abuse reported in the Philippines and we are closely monitoring the situation. The extrajudicial killings in the Philippines must end and authorities should ensure those accused of crimes are dealt with by the criminal justice system. Labor is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of human rights and supporting the international human rights instruments to which Australia is a signatory. Labor considers access to justice to be integral to the enjoyment of basic human rights and a critical element of a well-functioning democracy. Labor has been a strong advocate for human rights and civil liberties, both in Australia and on the international stage, and we will continue to pursue effective human rights diplomacy that supports international and regional security.