Can­berra ditches deal with Bei­jing

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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