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Thursday, 18 November 2004
Page: 4

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland—Leader of the Australian Democrats) (9.36 a.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 20 November 2004 marks the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC),

(ii) UNCROC is the most widely ratified human rights convention of all time, ratified by 192 countries,

(iii) millions of children worldwide suffer from preventable diseases and malnutrition,

(iv) numerous children have no hope of even receiving a basic education,

(v) numerous children work in inhumane conditions and are exploited as cheap labour,

(vi) children are the sad victims of trafficking, including for heinous purposes of prostitution and sexual exploitation, and

(vii) children are affected by armed conflict and the ravages of war; and

(b) expresses the view that an important way for Australia to demonstrate its commitment to UNCROC is to ensure that Australia's domestic laws comply with the spirit and terms of the treaty.

Question agreed to.