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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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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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