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Senator Missen, pursuant to notice, moved-That the Senate- (a) draws the Government's attention to the campaign by Amnesty International against torture and the evidence provided of the practice of various forms of torture in the 1980s in at least 98 countries;

(b) calls on the Australian Government to assert influence to dissuade governments from continuing to use or to connive in the practice of torture within their national boundaries;

(c) urges the Australian Government to support the United Nations Voluntary Fund for victims of torture; and

(d) requests the Australian Government to seek the expediting of the completion of the proposed international covenant against torture.

Debate ensued.

Question-put and passed.