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Howard's dummy spit: 'review' of UN treaty committees.

Howard's Dummy Spit: 'Review' Of UN Treaty Committees


Laurie Brereton - Shadow Minister For Foreign Affairs


Media Statement - 30 March 2000


The Howard Government's announcement that it will undertake a 'review' of Australia's participation in the United Nations treaty committee system is a classic case of spitting the dummy", the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Laurie Brereton, said today.


"As is very clear from Foreign Minister Downer's press release, this is unlikely to be a genuine review, but rather a predetermined process designed to significantly downgrade Australia's participation in the United Nations treaty committee system and our compliance with the international standards the UN seeks to promote."


"This is another step away from internationalism, away from an embrace of the world community, and toward John Howard's 'vision' of an insular, backward looking Australia of old."


"What we have today is confirmation of the Howard Government's deep-seated contempt for international scrutiny of its human rights performance."


"Today's announcement is a shameless response to the refusal of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to be silenced on mandatory sentencing and indigenous reconciliation."


"This is a deeply embarrassing performance which can only harm Australia's international reputation and damage our national interests.


Authorised by Gary Gray, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.