Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


Criminal Code Amendment (Cluster Munitions Prohibition) Bill 2010; In Committee

12:44 pm

Photo of Scott LudlamScott Ludlam (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I suspect this is slightly unorthodox, but as we have representatives of the coalition here this afternoon—you might want to seek some advice from your shadow spokesperson—I invite the coalition to establish what their policy is. The problem with not embedding this in law, which is the reason we turn up here, is that policy decisions can change. Policies can change according to political whim and they can change with a change of government. So I invite the coalition to put on the record whether it is their policy, should they win government, to also prohibit, not in law but in policy, the stockpiling of cluster weapons in the possession of other states.


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