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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It’s hard to wipe your bum if you have no hands. It’s hard to win at marbles when you only have one eye. And it’s pretty hard to work as a farmer when you have no legs.
Seems pretty wacky, but this is the reality of living in a country beset with bombs dropped by our coalition partners over thirty years ago.
I’ve just returned from working in Laos with UNICEF and was shocked to learn of the ongoing problems Australia has played a part in creating. I was even more shocked to think that Australia wants to continue to be involved in such a brutal manner of war.
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