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Monday, 1 December 2003
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Mr McClelland asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 4 November 2003:

(1) Has the Government considered signing the optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; if so, what was the outcome of that consideration.

(2) If the Government has determined that it is not appropriate for Australia to sign the protocol, what are the reasons for that decision.

Mr Downer (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) The Government has not yet made a formal decision on signing the Protocol.