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Senate Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Foreign Affairs Portfolio (Non-Trade Programs)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: I would like to pick up on PNG questions that I was asking earlier.

Mr McDonald: That would be Mr Sloper.

Senator RHIANNON: What safeguards have been put in place to ensure that the Australian government is not complicit, through its involvement in organising APEC 2018, in illegal land grabs, forced displacement and other forms of human rights abuses?

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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Foreign Affairs Portfolio (International security, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: I would now like to move on to the United Nations General Assembly resolution about nuclear disarmament negotiations. The question relates to resolution L.41, titled 'Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations', which I understand will be voted on between 26 October and 2 November. It currently has 39 sponsors but not Australia. How does Australia intend to vote on this draft resolution?

Ms Adamson: I will ask Mr Richard Sadleir to answer that question.

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Senate Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Foreign Affairs Portfolio (South and West Asia)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: I want to ask about the situation with Kashmir, please. Have the Australian high commissions in India and Pakistan provided an update on the current situation with regard to Pakistan, and what communications has the minister and the department had with the Indian government and the Pakistan government about this issue?

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Senator Lee Rhiannon gives support for Women’s Boat to Gaza

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has given her full support for the Women’s Boat to Gaza, set to sail from its port in Barcelona this week. The Women’s Boat to Gaza is the latest initiative of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition. 

Greens MPs David Shoebridge and Dr Mehreen Faruqi have also given their support. 

“The blockade of Gaza – jointly maintained by Israel and Egypt – is nearly a decade old and the reality of life for Palestinians living in this enclave is devastating. 

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New evidence of cluster bombs in Sri Lanka: UN must action

Fresh evidence that the Government of Sri Lanka used cluster bombs in Tamil civilian areas during the civil war in 2009 must not be ignored by the currently sitting UN Human Rights Council, said Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"This evidence is further proof of what survivors of the conflict spoke of seven years ago," said Senator Rhiannon.

"A recently published testimonial by Dr Varatharajah, a doctor working in the former conflict zone, also confirmed the use of cluster bombs on civilian populations.

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