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Abbott delivers final twist of the knife to aid program

Responding to reports that the Abbott government has removed poverty alleviation as a goal of Australia’s foreign aid program, Greens international aid and development spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

 “Australia has dealt yet another savage blow to the world’s poorest by removing poverty reduction from the goals of the foreign aid budget.

 “There seems to be no limit to the Coalition’s harsh and selfish attitude towards our aid program.

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Motion on Syria

Senator MOORE (Queensland) (16:02): I, and also on behalf of Senator Rhiannon, move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria is staggering, and that according to Oxfam and CARE - two non-government organisations (NGOs) operating in the region - estimates suggest that:

(A) more than 100 000 lives have been lost and more than 2.2 million people have fled the country since 2011,

(B) an estimated 9.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, and

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Motion: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended.

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia and other donors are due to announce their 3-year pledges to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria at the replenishment meeting being held in Washington DC on the morning of 4 December 2013 (AEST),

(ii) the Global Fund is seeking a total of $15 billion to build on progress in bringing an end to AIDS, TB and malaria,

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Motion on World Sight Day and Vision 2020

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) on World Sight Day, held on 10 October 2013, the Global Action Plan to reduce avoidable blindness and vision impairment by 25 per cent by 2019 was promoted, and (ii) more than $80 million from Australia's aid budget has been allocated to blindness prevention work in low-income countries since 2007; (b) congratulates Vision 2020 Australia for its work to focus global attention on taking action to prevent blindness and vision impairment; and (c) calls on the Australian Government and partner countries to contin

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