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  • Papua New Guinea: Logging and Human Rights
  • Motions - Papua New Guinea: Logging and Human Rights - Take immediate action

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Bob Brown</p>
  • <p>by leave&#8212;I table the document, &#8216;Bulldozing progress: Human rights abuses and corruption in Papua New Guinea&#8217;s large-scale logging industry&#8217;. I move:</p>
  • <dl><dt></dt><dd>That the Senate&#8212;<dl><dt>(a)</dt><dd>recognises that the logging of ancient rainforests in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is driving biodiversity loss and human rights abuses in that country at an alarming rate;</dd><dt>(b)</dt><dd>notes that:<dl><dt>(i)</dt><dd>PNG and Australian conservation and community groups have filed a formal complaint with the Australian National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises against the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), and</dd><dt>(ii)</dt><dd>the complaint alleges that the ANZ is actively facilitating and supporting the PNG operations of Malaysian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau, a company whose operations involve serious human rights abuses, environmentally-destructive logging practices and repeated serious conduct;</dd></dl></dd><dt>(c)</dt><dd>supports the actions of&#160; the conservation and community groups in bringing this potential breach of the guidelines to the Government&#8217;s attention; and</dd><dt>(d)</dt><dd>calls on the Government to take immediate action to investigate the allegations with a view to ending the forest destruction and human rights abuses occurring in PNG.</dd></dl></dd></dl><p>Question put.</p>
  • The majority voted against the [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2006-09-06.76.2) introduced by Greens Senator [Bob Brown](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/bob_brown) to take immediate action to investigate [logging](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logging) practices in [Papua New Guinea](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papua_New_Guinea).
  • ### Wording of the motion
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • > *(a) recognises that the logging of ancient rainforests in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is driving [biodiversity](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiversity) loss and [human rights](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights) abuses in that country at an alarming rate;*
  • > *(b) notes that:*
  • >> *(i) PNG and Australian conservation and community groups have filed a formal complaint with the [Australian National Contact Point](http://www.ausncp.gov.au/content/content.aspx?doc=home.htm) for the [OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OECD_Guidelines_for_Multinational_Enterprises) against the [Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_and_New_Zealand_Banking_Group) (ANZ), and*
  • >> *(ii) the complaint alleges that the ANZ is actively facilitating and supporting the PNG operations of Malaysian logging giant [Rimbunan Hijau](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimbunan_Hijau), a company whose operations involve serious human rights abuses, environmentally-destructive logging practices and repeated serious conduct;*
  • > *(c) supports the actions of the conservation and community groups in bringing this potential breach of the guidelines to the Governments attention; and*
  • > *(d) calls on the Government to take immediate action to investigate the allegations with a view to ending the forest destruction and human rights abuses occurring in PNG.*