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Australia hosts Commonwealth ministers

Australia hosts Commonwealth ministers

Representatives from more than 40 Commonwealth countries will meet today (11 July) in Sydney to discuss law and justice issues including counter-terrorism, crime prevention, human rights and…

Representatives from more than 40 Commonwealth countries will meet today (11 July) in Sydney to discuss law and justice issues including counter-terrorism, crime prevention, human rights and access to justice.

The three-day triennial Commonwealth Law Minsters Meeting (CLMM) is being hosted by Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O'Connor and will be officially opened tonight at the International Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay.

"The theme for the 2011 meeting is 'Fostering a just and secure Commonwealth' with the agenda including sessions on improving cyber-security across borders and the impact of climate change on security," said McClelland. "There will also be discussion on the development of a Commonwealth plan of action to combat human trafficking."

The meeting is considered an important precursor to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth this October.

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