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CHILD LABOUR

Senator Spindler amended his notice of motion by leave and, pursuant to

notice, moved--That the Senate--

(a) reaffirms Australia's opposition to the economic exploitation of

children, as expressed in Article 32 of the United Nations

Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Australia in

December 1990, which states that:

"1. State Parties recognise the right of the child to be protected

from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is

likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child's education,

or to be harmful to the child's health or physical, mental,

spiritual, moral or social development.

2. State Parties shall take legislative, administrative, social

and educational measures to ensure the implementation of the

present article. To this end, and having regard to the relevant

provisions of other international instruments, State Parties shall

in particular:

(a) Provide for a minimum age or minimum ages for admission to

employment;

(b) Provide for appropriate regulation of the hours and

conditions of employment;

(c) Provide for appropriate penalties or other sanctions to

ensure the effective enforcement of the present article.';

and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to examine the feasibility of

legislation to prohibit the importation of goods produced by

child labour, consistent with its commitment under the

Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to report to the

Senate in the sitting week commencing 7 November 1994.

Senator Loosley moved the following amendment:

Paragraph (b), omit the paragraph, substitute the following paragraph:

"(b) calls on the Australian Government to continue to play an

active role in developing within the international community

effective measures to eliminate such exploitation of children,

and asks the Government to report to the Senate during the

sitting week commencing 7 November 1994 on the effective action

the Australian Government can take to give effect to the

concerns of the Australian people on this matter.".

Debate ensued.

The Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator Collins), by

leave and at the request of Senator Loosley, withdrew the amendment.

Senator Spindler, by leave, moved the following amendment:

Paragraph (b), omit the paragraph, substitute the following paragraph:

"(b) calls on the Australian Government to play an active role in

developing within the international community effective

measures to eliminate such exploitation of children and to

examine the feasibility of legislation to prohibit the

importation of goods produced by child labour and to report to

the Senate in the sitting week commencing 7 November 1994.".

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.