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Monday, 31 October 2011
Page: 12238

Harkin-Engel Protocol

Debate resumed on the motion by Mr Laurie Ferguson:

That this House:

(1) notes the tenth anniversary of the Harkin-Engel Protocol signed in September 2001, designed to encourage voluntary standards for the certification of cocoa production that prohibits and eliminates engagement in the worst forms of child labour, as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 182 which has been ratified by Australia; and

(2) calls upon the Australian Government to:

(a) be proactive in measures to counter people trafficking or slavery;

(b) actively engage in international fora to ensure greater priority for consideration of measures against child slavery and trafficking;

(c) work co-operatively to improve traceability of products through the monitoring of their derivation where practical with reference to people trafficking or slavery; and

(d) co-operate closely with organisations and entities against people trafficking.