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Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Page: 3409

Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 13 April 2010:

(1)   Does the Government intend to participate in the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) meeting in Vientiane, Laos in November 2010; if so, will the Government participate as a states party.

(2)   When is the Government planning to progress legislation needed to ratify the CCM treaty.

Senator Faulkner (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The Government will participate in the First Meeting of States Parties of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) to be held in Laos in November 2010.  If, as currently expected, ratification has not occurred in time to allow for Australia’s participation as a State Party, Australia will participate as an observer.         Through the United Nations Development Programme, the Government is providing approximately $730,000 to support the first Meeting of States Parties to the CCM.

(2)   Drafting instructions for the implementing legislation have been issued to the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.  Once finalised, this implementing legislation will be tabled in parliament at the first possible opportunity.  The Government will complete the ratification process when the legislation has been enacted.