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Tuesday, 26 August 1980
Page: 689

Mr VINER (Stirling) (Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs) - For the information of honourable members I present a Convention on

Contracts for the International Sale of Goods which was adopted on 10 April 1980 at a diplomatic conference held at Vienna together with a protocol amending the Convention on the limitation period in the international sale of goods, which also was adopted in Vienna on 10 April 1980, and an explanatory memorandum prepared by the Attorney-General's Department relating to the Convention. Mr Speaker, with your indulgence may I make a very short further explanation with respect to the matter, in my capacity as representing the Attorney-General (Senator Durack).

Mr SPEAKER - Is it an explanation relating to the presentation of the paper, or the material contained within the paper?

Mr VINER - It relates to the presentation of the paper.

Mr SPEAKER - The honourable gentleman may proceed.

Mr VINER - The Vienna conference was attended by 62 states, including Australia, an observer from another state and representatives from eight inter-governmental and nongovernmental organisations. The Convention represents the culmination of some 10 years' work by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, commonly known as UNCITRAL. It was established in 1966 with the principal aim of furthering the progressive harmonisation and unification of international trade law, and Australia has been one of its active members. In furtherance of that aim the present Convention has been formulated as a uniform law to govern the formation and operation of international sales of goods. The protocol harmonises the Convention on the limitation period in the international sale of goods which the Convention adopted at Vienna. The Convention and protocol are now open for accession. With a view to determining whether Australia should accede, the Government will be consulting with relevant business interests and with the State governments. Interested persons or organisations are invited to convey to the Attorney-General or to his Department their views on whether Australia should become a party to the convention.

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