Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


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

12:54 pm

Photo of David FeeneyDavid Feeney (Victoria, Australian Labor Party, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence) Share this | Hansard source

This is not about flexibility; it is about this bill achieving its purpose, its intent—that is, supporting the convention and meeting the requirements of the convention. We think it is entirely appropriate and that, indeed, the most effective way to deal with matters outside that single purpose is to deal with them as matters of policy. While we might differ about the means, we do not differ about the ends. Our policy is clear and it will be repeated in the regular transparency requirements that the bill engenders. We say that the bill is meeting its core purpose—that is, to meet the requirements of the convention.


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