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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 965

Senator BUTTON (VICTORIA) -Will the Minister for Foreign Affairs inform the Senate of the Australian Government's attitude to the United Nations convention relating to the crime of genocide? Has the Government ratified this convention and, if so, is it intended to introduce legislation to give effect to Article V of the convention?

Senator WILLESEE - The Australian Parliament passed the Genocide Convention Act in 1949. The convention was ratified by us on 8 July 1949. Laws in force in Australia in relation to the offences of murder, manslaughter, assault, conspiracy and incitement and other matters are sufficient to enable Australia to comply with its obligations under the convention. The Human Rights Bill and the Racial Discrimination Bill which will be introduced into the Parliament by the Government will, when passed, reinforce Australia's compliance with the terms of the genocide convention.

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