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Launch of national campaign to get Hydro Tasmania out of destructive Sarawak Dams

Indigenous leaders from the Malaysian state of Sarawak joined today with Australian Greens Senators Christine Milne and Lee Rhiannon to launch a national campaign calling on Hydro Tasmania to pull their support out of controversial dam proposals in Sarawak that will displace tens of thousands of people from their homes and flood large tracts of forests and farmland. 

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said: "Hydro Tasmania cannot walk away from their responsibility for the damage these dams will cause to thousands of villagers in Sarawak.

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Budget estimates - Lee questions AusAID on aid for Nauru or Manus Island

Senator RHIANNON: Thank you. The foreign minister, in response to a question I asked him in the Senate about the use of foreign aid to manage people seeking asylum in this country, stated:

It could well be that there are areas of support for asylum seekers where, according to the international tests, that is considered appropriate and other areas where it would not be appropriate.

Can you confirm that no aid money will go to building, staffing or maintaining detention centres on Nauru or Manus Island?

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Government and Coalition fail to protect endangered orangutans

The Australian Greens today condemned the Government and Coalition for refusing to request the Indonesian government to fully enforce its law that protects the Tripa forest in Indonesia.

Reports that palm oil companies and Indonesian police have been intimidating villagers and clearing and burning the Tripa forests in Indonesia are shocking, the Australian Greens said today. The protected Tripa forest is home to the threatened Sumatran orangutan, and people have reported grave health problems from forest burning, as well as threatened livelihoods.

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Bob Carr reveals Australian foreign aid money may be spent on Nauru/PNG

Greens Senator and spokesperson for overseas aid Lee Rhiannon asked questions without notice to Foreign Minister Bob Carr yesterday in the Senate as to whether aid money will be spent on building, staffing or maintaining detention facilities on Nauru or Manus Islands. Full Hansard here. Mr Carr would not rule this out.

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Motion: Aid funding for family planning

This motion will be put to the house today.
AMENDMENT
NOTICE OF MOTION 829
SENATOR RHIANNON

16 AUGUST 2012

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:08): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 829 standing in my name today relating to funding for family planning in low-income countries and Millennium Development Goals.
Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate-
(a) notes that:

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