Senate debates

Tuesday, 26 June 2012


International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

3:37 pm

Photo of Penny WrightPenny Wright (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

  (a)   notes that:

     (i)   Tuesday, 26 June 2012 marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and

     (ii)   torture is a gross violation of human rights;

  (b)   recognises that:

     (i)   victims of torture require support and assistance as they rebuild their lives and undergo the rehabilitation necessary to resume as full a life as possible, and

     (ii)   Australian, Mr David Hicks, experienced torture and cruel and degrading treatment during his detention in Guantanamo Bay; and

  (c)   calls on the Government to conduct an independent inquiry into the former Australian Government's role in Mr Hicks' detention, treatment and unfair trial.

Photo of Alan FergusonAlan Ferguson (SA, Deputy-President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that the motion moved by Senator Wright be agreed to.