Senate debates

Thursday, 20 June 2013


World Refugee Day

11:59 am

Photo of Sarah Hanson-YoungSarah Hanson-Young (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

(a) acknowledges that 20 June 2013 is World Refugee Day, when all nations recognise the resilience and humanity of forcibly displaced people around the world;

(b) notes that when Australia signed the Refugee Convention in 1954, one of the earliest countries to do so, Australia's delegate said That the Government regards the adoption of the Convention as a necessary step towards alleviating the conditions facing large numbers of people whose plight is one of the saddest facts of our unhappy world; and

(c) reaffirms Australia's strong commitment to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and 1967 Protocol.

Question agreed to.