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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4874

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I inform the Senate that the President has received the following letter, dated 25 September, from Senator Greig:

Dear Mr President

Pursuant to standing order 75, I give notice that today I propose to move:

“That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The worldwide campaign by the United States of America to persuade states to enter into impunity agreements which seek to prevent US nationals accused of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes from being surrendered to the International Criminal Court and the apparent willingness of the Australian Government to enter into such an agreement.”

Yours Sincerely


Senator Brian Greig

Senator for Western Australia

Is the proposal supported?

More than the number of senators required by the standing orders having risen in their places—

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today's debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.