Loopholes in Cluster Munitions Bill undermine legislation: Media Release, Cluster Munitions Association (Australia), November 2011

Media release from Cluster Munitions Association (Australia) responding to reports that ALP Parliamentary Caucus has voted not to amend draft legislation to ratify the global treaty banning cluster bombs. The release notes two key loopholes the Government has written into the Bill, enabling Australian troops to actively assist the USA in the use of cluster bombs and which also explicitly permit the USA to stockpile its cluster bombs on Australian soil.  Includes background information on the Bill. 22 November 2011