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Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Page: 1471


Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (15:48): I seek leave to make short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator DI NATALE: Given that what we are witnessing in the Philippines is unprecedented—we have seen now over 3,000 people killed as a result of extrajudicial killings authorised by the President of the Philippines—it is remarkable that a motion that does nothing other than call for the end to these extrajudicial killings would be denied formality by the government. If the government were true to its word in saying that it is calling for an end to these extrajudicial killings through the foreign minister, then why doesn't it support a motion that gives, effectively, force to those words? What we are witnessing in the Philippines, as I said, is unprecedented. These are people who are being killed with no trial—people who have not benefited from a fair trial—and are being killed for doing nothing other than, in the words of the President, potentially using illicit drugs. There are much more effective ways of dealing with this. (Time expired)