THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR ISAACS
PRIME MINISTER ABBOTT’S COMMENTS ON THE USE OF TORTURE
Today Prime Minister Abbott failed to explain to the Parliament his suggestion that torture can be excused in some circumstances.
When asked about torture at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held recently in Sri Lanka, Mr Abbott said:
“…we accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen.”
Mr Abbott today refused to explain those comments to the Parliament.
Australia is a signatory to the United Nations’ Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol.
The Labor Opposition unequivocally condemns the use of torture, without exception.
The Prime Minister’s comments signify a radical departure from Australia’s commitment to human rights and damage Australia’s standing in the international community.
MONDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2013