Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


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

1:54 pm

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

Senator Ludlam, the government does not support this proposed amendment, and again we say that it is not necessary to include this requirement in legislation. Article 9 of the convention allows state parties to implement the convention through legal, administrative or other means as appropriate. And, as with its reporting obligations under other international legal instruments, Australia will comply with its reporting obligations under the Convention on Cluster Munitions—and we talked a bit about those last night and again today—without the need for those obligations to be set out in legislation.

The CHAIRMAN: The question is that amendment (4) on sheet 7084 moved by Senator Ludlam be agreed to. Question negatived.


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