Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


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

1:21 pm

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

The minister may find it mundane that a party to the convention would be doing the bidding of a party not to the convention that actively deploys and uses in military conflicts these weapons. So as for developing a common position—and maybe I did not quite make myself clear last night—how does the Australian government come to a common position when our objectives are diametrically opposed? The Australian government is telling the public that it wants to see these weapons eradicated from the face of the earth. The United States military has still deployed and used these weapons on civilian populations in recent conflicts. So how exactly do we reconcile and come to a common position in that instance?


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