Canberra ditches deal with Beijing
CANBERRA: The government yesterday shelved a planned extradition treaty with China rather than allow the Senate to reject it over rights concerns.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said senior ministers decided not to proceed with trying to ratify the treaty after the opposition Labor Party declared it would block it in the Senate.
Labor was the conservative government’s last hope of getting the treaty through the upper house a decade after it was signed. Bishop said she would renew negotiations with China and Labor to find a compromise.
Australia opposes capital punishment and demands assurances that extradited prisoners will not be executed. AP