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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7903

Senator SMITH (Western AustraliaDeputy Government Whip in the Senate) (15:41): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 10 October 2017 was the 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty,

(ii) the aim of the 2017 World Day Against the Death Penalty was to raise awareness about the reasons why people living in poverty are at a greater risk of being sentenced to death and executed, and

(iii) this year marks 50 years since Australia's last execution, which sparked nationwide protests and eventually lead to the abolition of the death penalty in Australia;

(b) acknowledges the continued strong opposition by the Australian Government to the death penalty;

(c) congratulates the Australian Government in securing a place on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and acknowledges its commitment to make advocacy for global abolition of the death penalty a priority during its tenure on the UNHRC, and

(d) welcomes the Australian Government's commitment to the development of a whole-of-government Strategy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, which was a key recommendation from the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into Australia's advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty.

Question agreed to.