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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6244

Senator STOTT DESPOJA (South Australia) (3.38 p.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) in June 1999 the International Labour Organisation (ILO) adopted Convention 182 regarding the worst forms of child labour;

(ii) this convention deals with children in the worst forms of labour, including trafficking, bonded and forced labour, armed conflict, prostitution and pornography,

(iii) in April 2002, ILO research found that there were 8.4 million children world wide involved in the worst forms of child labour,

(iv) to date, 131 countries, including the United States, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the United Kingdom, Iraq and Thailand, have ratified this convention,

(v) this convention has been the fastest ratified in the 82 year history of the ILO, demonstrating an overwhelming international commitment to elimin-ating abusive child labour, and

(vi) Australia remains in a minority of nations, including Eritrea, Swaziland, Suriname, Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati and India, which have not ratified the convention, and is the only Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development nation not to have done so; and

(b) encourages the Australian Government to immediately pursue the ratification of ILO Convention 182.

Question agreed to.