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Thursday, 9 December 2004
Page: 7

Senator NETTLE (9:52 AM) —I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 10 December is International Human Rights Day and joins with the many thousands around the world, who are participating in events on this day, to:

(i) condemn the ongoing abuse of human rights worldwide,

(ii) recognise the need for concerted international action to address human rights abuses, and

(iii) call for urgent efforts to address the growing inequity between rich and poor which impinge on rights to life, liberty and freedom from oppression for so many millions around the globe; and

(b) condemns the Government's appalling record in the field of human rights, and in particular the Government's:

(i) failure to endorse the United Nations (UN) Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,

(ii) contravention of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to some asylum seeker detainees,

(iii) tacit support of United States of America tactics in the ongoing occupation of Iraq including the use of depleted uranium, napalm and cluster bombs,

(iv) unwillingness to act in defence of Mr David Hicks and Mr Mamdouh Habib illegally detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,

(v) failure to pursue the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and

(vi) failure to reach UN agreed targets for international aid for poverty alleviation overseas.

Question put.