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Chinese Extradition Treaty



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SENATOR THE HON. ERIC ABETZ LIBERAL SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

MEDIA RELEASE

28 March 2017

Chinese Extradition Treaty

The Prime Minister’s decision to withdraw the Regulation implementing a Chinese Extradition Treaty has been welcomed by Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz.

“While China is a close neighbour and friend of Australia, I believe it would be unwise to support an extradition treaty with China and I am pleased that the Prime Minister has taken on board the serious concerns raised by a number of Coalition members,” Senator Abetz said.

“Given China’s poor track record on human rights and natural justice, I was grappling with how I could support such a Regulation.”

“Given the long-held convention of Liberal Members and Senators having the freedom to cross the floor, should this matter have come to a vote I, along with a number of colleagues, may have been forced to cross the floor.

“I am hopeful that the Prime Minister’s decision will be an end of the issue,” Senator Abetz concluded.

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