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Thursday, 10 May 2018
Page: 2866


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (11:54): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: Australia has a proud history of contributing to UN peacekeeping missions, which aim to provide security and stability in conflict affected countries. In addition to traditional peacekeeping activities, modern missions also aim to ensure a sustainable peace, including through efforts such as protecting civilians, assisting in disarming combatants, work to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers and assisting with free and fair elections. Australia is a significant and reliable contributor to UN peacekeeping. We've been engaged in UN peacekeeping for 70 years and have served in 21 UN peacekeeping operations.

Question agreed to.