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21    Law and Justice— Honourable Michael Kirby, AC, CMG

Senator Smith, also on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 327—That the Senate—

               (a)       congratulates the Honourable Michael Kirby, AC, CMG on receiving the high honour of being awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the Emperor of Japan in recognition of his contribution to promoting international understanding of the situation of human rights in North Korea, including the issue of the abduction of Japanese nationals;

               (b)       notes the outstanding contribution Mr Kirby has made in promoting the significance of human rights worldwide through his work, including but not limited to his appointments as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia and a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group; and

                (c)       notes the exceptional effort Mr Kirby has made to address the HIV and AIDS epidemic globally through his service on international bodies, including the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS, UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights, and UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law.

Question put and passed.