Rules of parliamentary procedure
Topics for the 4th Sydney Model Global Parliament may include:
- Human Rights
- International Security
- The Environment
- Reform of the UN
- Nuclear Issues
Some questions which might be debated by the MGP include:
1. Human Rights
- What standards should be observed in the treatment of refugees in offshore detention centres?
- Should Australia do more to aid and/or resettle refugees worldwide?
- What measures should be taken to increase gender equality globally?
- What should be done to eliminate human trafficking?
- What more should Australia do to enhance international security and/or its own security?
- Should Australia join NATO, as suggested some years ago by ex-Prime Minister Aznar of Spain, in order to enhance cooperation in gathering intelligence?
- What role should or could a global parliament play in maintaining a peace-keeping force, ready to be deployed to conflict prone situations around the world?
- What role should or could a global parliament play in focusing attention on environmental challenges, such as water shortages, in exacerbating causes of armed conflict?
3. Reform of the UN
- Should Australia support the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly?
- What other reforms should be made to the UN?
4. Nuclear Issues
- Should Australia accede to the Nuclear Weapons Convention?
- Should Australia establish a repository for high-level nuclear waste, and offer to accept waste from other countries at a suitable price?
- Should Australia build enrichment facilities for nuclear fuel?
- Should Australia build nuclear power stations, to provide baseload electric power without adding to carbon emissions?
Warm up for the MGP
Suggestions on preparation
Some useful links
Independent Media Centre Australia article entry:
Bob Brown advocates a global parliament: “I have trust in the common sense of seven billion people on the planet.”
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