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Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Page: 1471

Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:47): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government is deeply concerned about reports of human rights violations in the Philippines arising from the administration's campaign against drugs. The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has urged the Philippines government to ensure the cessation of extrajudicial killings and offer all Filipino citizens their rights according to the country's criminal justice system. Australia is willing to provide practical assistance to help the Philippines government address the drug problem, including through rehabilitation programs. The Greens' motion is counterproductive and will do nothing to end extrajudicial killings.