Senate debates

Wednesday, 6 September 2006

Papua New Guinea: Logging and Human Rights

4:17 pm

Photo of Bob BrownBob Brown (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

by leave—I table the document, ‘Bulldozing progress: Human rights abuses and corruption in Papua New Guinea’s large-scale logging industry’. I move:

That the Senate—
recognises that the logging of ancient rainforests in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is driving biodiversity loss and human rights abuses in that country at an alarming rate;
notes that:
PNG and Australian conservation and community groups have filed a formal complaint with the Australian National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises against the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), and
the complaint alleges that the ANZ is actively facilitating and supporting the PNG operations of Malaysian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau, a company whose operations involve serious human rights abuses, environmentally-destructive logging practices and repeated serious conduct;
supports the actions of  the conservation and community groups in bringing this potential breach of the guidelines to the Government’s attention; and
calls on the Government to take immediate action to investigate the allegations with a view to ending the forest destruction and human rights abuses occurring in PNG.

Question put.