In 2008, Australia signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions, an international legal instrument that bans the use, production and stockpiling of cluster bombs: indiscriminate weapons that cause suffering and casualties to civilian populations.
This week, the Senate passed national legislation to ratify the Convention that stands in direct contrast to the spirit of the treaty, which was established to “unequivocally, and for all time, end the suffering caused by cluster munitions”.
The Cluster Munitions Prohibition Bill allows cluster munitions to be stockpiled on Australian soil and Australian troops to assist in all aspects of the weapon’s future use.
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