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 6 CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

Ms Plibersek, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) recalls the key role played by Australia's Chifley Government in developing the Geneva Convention on Genocide and reaffirms Australia's commitment to international treaties that aim to punish those who commit crimes against humanity, war crimes and other major human rights violations;

(2) notes that at present Australia has no domestic legislation enabling the prosecution in Australian courts of the following international crimes committed outside Australia by people who subsequently settled here:

 (a) Genocide (the Genocide Convention Act 1949did not make genocide a crime under Australian law; it only approved ratification of the Convention);

(b) Crimes Against Humanity (other than torture after 1988 and hostage taking after 1989); and

(c) War Crimes committed in the context of non-international armed conflicts anywhere in the world at any time, or committed in the context of an international conflict prior to 1957 (except Europe 1939-1945); and

(3) calls on the Government to close the gaps in Australia's domestic laws that allow accused criminals to live here without fear of prosecution.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.