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Senate support for UN disabilities convention

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Rachel Siewert 7 Feb 2007

Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed cross party support for her motion for Australia to be one of the first countries to sign up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities.

"The Convention is open for signing on March 30 2007 and I am delighted that the Government intends for Australia to be one of the first signatories."

"The Convention has been on the drawing board since 2001, and is designed to advance the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. I acknowledge the support of all parties in encouraging the Government to formally sign the Convention at the earliest opportunity."

The motion reads:

That the Senate –

(a)    welcomes the adoption in December 2006 by the United Nations of the Convention on the Rights and Dignity of persons with Disabilities; and

(b)   asks the Government to show leadership at home and to the international community by being one of the first countries to be a signatory to the Convention when this is possible after 30 March 2007

"I strongly encourage the Government to sign the Convention at the earliest possible opportunity," concluded Senator Siewert.

UN Convention Homepages

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/

http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/disability/convention.htm

http://www.worldenable.net/rights/

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