- All members of the Federal House of Representatives and the Senate of Australia
Our petition (both signatures obtained online and signatures obtained on paper) was successfully submitted to Federal Attorney General Robert McClelland. The petition played a significant role in encouraging the passing of new legislation. McClelland issued a statement about the new legislation, including the following comments:
"Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today welcomed the passage of legislation through Parliament which prohibits the use of torture and ensures that the death penalty cannot be reintroduced anywhere in Australia in the future. The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Torture Prohibition and Death Penalty Abolition) Bill 2009 implements a specific Commonwealth offence of torture into the Commonwealth Criminal Code which will operate concurrently with existing State and Territory offences. “Introducing a specific Commonwealth offence of torture will fulfil Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Torture to ban all acts of torture, wherever they occur,” Mr McClelland said."
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TO THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES and
THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE OF AUSTRALIA
This petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia draws the attention of the Parliament of Australia to the fact that there are currently no Federal Laws to prohibit the use of capital punishment against Australian citizens at home or abroad.
We request that the House of Representatives and the Senate legislate at the earliest opportunity to introduce and pass laws that prohibit the use of capital punishment against all Australian citizens. We also seek that this Government and all future Governments protect Australian citizens from the death penalty in other countries.
We further seek the expansion of the current repatriation program and move to have all Australian citizens serving a custodial sentence in a foreign country repatriated to Australia.
The Protect Australian citizens from the death penalty petition to All members of the Federal House of Representatives and the Senate of Australia was written by ASU National Office and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.