2013.04.02 SBS Podcasts: Australia joins Cluster Munitions Convention

posted 2 Apr 2013, 23:17 by Mette Sofie Eliseussen   [ updated 2 Apr 2013, 23:24 ]

By Zara Zaher

Australia has officially become a party to the international Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Legislation passed last year has just come into force, making it an offence in Australia to develop, keep or transfer land mines or cluster munitions.

The federal government says the Convention and the legislation will apply to Australian Defence Force personnel during military operations, including when serving with the defence forces of other countries.

Laurel Thomas, from the Australian Network to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions, says it's pleasing that Australia has joined the Convention.

But she told Zara Zaher her organisation isn't entirely happy.

See it here:

http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/260904/Australia-joins-Cluster-Munitions-Convent

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