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FOR – Documents - Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment - Order for the Production of Documents

The majority voted against a motion introduced by NSW Senator David Shoebridge (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

(1) That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Attorney-General, by no later than 10 am on Thursday, 15 December 2022, all correspondence, emails, briefings, notes, meeting agendas and minutes, and other records of interactions between the Attorney-General or the Attorney-General's Department and New South Wales or Queensland authorities responsible for prisons since 1 January 2022 in relation to:

(a) the visit to Australia by the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture in October 2022; or

(b) the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.

(2) For the purposes of this order, 'New South Wales or Queensland authorities responsible for prisons' includes but is not limited to:

(a) ministers of the New South Wales or Queensland governments;

(b) the New South Wales Department of Communities and Justice;

(c) Corrective Services NSW;

(d) the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General;

(e) Queensland Corrective Services; and

(f) individual prisons, mental health facilities or other places of detention within New South Wales or Queensland.


Date and time: 3:57 PM on 2022-11-30
Senator Pocock's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 15
Total number of "no" votes: 45
Total number of abstentions: 16

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