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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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Carr pushes trade with Burma while regime still uses child soldiers

While the Australian Government pushes open slather trade with Burma, the country is plagued by sectarian violence and the continued use of child soldiers by the Burmese government, the Greens said today.

Greens spokesperson on Burma, Senator Scott Ludlam, said "the resource-rush which appears to be driving Australian foreign policy on Burma may perversely end up consolidating the regime's hold on power and attendant human rights abuses. The Australian Government should urgently rethink its sanctions policy, lest ‘constructive engagement' end up as complicity".

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Greens launch bill to increase overseas aid

The Australian Greens today launched a bill setting out a clear timeline to ensure Australia stops chipping away at the aid budget and meets the global target to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid by 2020.

Costings from the Parliamentary Budget Office show that meeting this goal would cost $2.6 billion over the next four years - money that could be raised if Labor included gold in the mining tax.

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