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Motion: Tuberculosis

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:35): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 24 March is World Tuberculosis Day,

(ii) tuberculosis (TB) is a preventable and treatable disease claiming the lives of up to 1.4 million people every year, mostly in developing countries, and

(iii) the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates most new TB cases in 2011 occurred in the south-east Asia region, which, combined with the Western Pacific region, accounted for 59 per cent of incident cases globally;

(b) recognises that:

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Greens call on Australia to end its silence on Sri Lanka's atrocities

The Australian Greens today call on the Government to stand up for the human rights abuses and condemn the Rajapakse regime.

"It is obvious the Australian Government is more interested in collaborating with the Sri Lankan government and navy with regard to trying to stop people seeking asylum than addressing the reasons why they are seeking asylum in the first place." Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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