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Coalition urged to retain aid in post-war Afghanistan

Greens aid and development spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has urged the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to publicly commit to continuing Australia’s aid program to Afghanistan following today’s report of a possible wind down of assistance to that country. (AFR page 1)

“After more than a decade of war and destruction of infrastructure and the associated social dislocation, any reduction in Australian aid to Afghanistan would bring hardship, suffering and a setback for women,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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The Greens' Plan for Ending Extreme Poverty

 The Greens’ plan to meet our international obligations on global poverty

The Greens are committed to meeting our international obligations under the Millennium Development Goals to spend 0.7% of our Gross National Income (GNI) on effective foreign aid by 2020.

In their refusal to properly tax mining and banking billionaires to fund Australia’s future, Tony Abbott and Labor have increasingly gouged our foreign aid budget to pay for their policies.

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Labor's claim on aid lacks credibility

Please see comment from Australian Greens spokesperson for overseas aid Senator Lee Rhiannon about Labor's economic update. 

Senator Rhiannon said: “Labor’s  claim that it will meet the target of 0.5 per cent of gross national income by 2017-18 lacks credibility, after today’s announcement to slash the aid budget by $879 million, and its numerous failures to meet previous promised targets.

“Australia has dealt another savage blow to the world’s poorest.

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Labor govt in failed abusive relationship with Pacific states over aid and refugees

The Labor government's plan to use foreign aid grants to win the agreement of Pacific nation leaders to settle asylum seekers in PNG and Pacific Islands is the abusive action of a colonial power, Greens foreign aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

“Australia is acting like a bullying neighbour in its relation with Pacific states. Using aid money to prop up a failed refugee policy instead of reducing poverty in low-income countries is a shameful act.

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Second reading speech: Overseas Aid (Millenium Development Goals) Bill

As the Greens spokesperson for international aid and development I am proud to introduce this Greens bill into the Senate to ensure that Australia pays its fair share towards alleviating global poverty.

Good aid, spent well has helped reduce the number of people living in extreme poverty by 200 million over the last 5 years. But there are still 1.2 billion people living on less than the equivalent of $2 per day. As a rich and caring country Australia has a moral duty to help bring that number of people down to zero.

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Motion: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:16): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria board meeting, held in the week beginning 16 June 2013, approved the first funding grants under its new funding model,

(ii) one of the first three countries receiving funding is Myanmar, with which Australia has established significant ties, including support for its health sector and efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis,

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Motion: Small-scale food producers

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:45): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1272, standing in my name for today, relating to food security.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Oxfam Australia recently released a report titled, Grow: Getting big results from small scale agriculture,

(ii) the report found that:

   (A) small-scale food producers play a critical role in global food production,

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