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Thursday, 13 May 2004
Page: 23199

Senator STOTT DESPOJA (South Australia) (9.42 a.m.)—by leave—I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that the week of 14 May to 23 May 2004 is Landmine Action Week in Australia,

(ii) the objective of Landmine Action Week is to promote Australia's efforts to eliminate landmines, assist landmine survivors and encourage support for the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and their Destruction (Mine Ban Treaty), with a special emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region, and

(iii) only half the countries in the Asia-Pacific region have banned landmines, while about 12 countries continue to produce and use them, making the Asia-Pacific region the most prolific producer and user of landmines of any region in the world;

(b) commends the Australian Government for its commitment of $100 million for Mine Action over the decade ending 2005 and acknowledges the extent of mine-clearing and victim assistance achieved as a result of providing those funds;

(c) urges the Australian Government to make a new Mine Action funding pledge for the decade commencing 2006; and

(d) calls again on the Australian Government to increase efforts to encourage other Asia-Pacific nations to sign and ratify the Mine Ban Treaty, through bilateral discussions and multilateral forums, including the Association of South East Asian Nations.

Question agreed to.