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Tuesday, 29 October 1996
Page: 4658


Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

   (i)   the support of the Australian Government for a partial ban on detectable and self-destructible landmines, and

   (ii)   the recent landmines conference in Ottawa, Canada, which called for a global ban on landmines and committed states to work together to make progressive reductions with a view to halting all use; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

   (i)   support the United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for negotiations for a global ban on anti-personnel landmines as soon as possible,

   (ii)   honour the commitment of the Ottawa Declaration to further measures by destroying Australia's stockpile of mines,

   (iii)   lend diplomatic support to the Canadian initiative calling for a treaty implementing a global ban by December 1997, and

   (iv)   expand Australia's contribution to mine clearance and assistance to victims of landmines.