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Afghan aid boost welcome, checks needed on support for mining industry

Greens Senator and overseas aid spokesperson Lee Rhiannon today welcomed plans to increase Australia's aid contribution to Afghanistan but warned that benefits for Afghan people may be limited if there is too much focus on aid money being used to open up Afghanistan to overseas mining interests.

 "Boosting Australia's aid to Afghanistan is good news but its effectiveness will depend on Foreign Minister Bob Carr putting his weight behind programs focused on poverty alleviation, infrastructure and governance", said Senator Rhiannon.

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Greens secure support for inquiry into aid in Afghanistan

The Australian Greens last night secured support for a Senate Inquiry into Australia’s aid program in Afghanistan (terms of reference below).

“This inquiry will be an opportunity to shine a light on Australia’s current aid program in Afghanistan and capture lessons to ensure our aid program makes a real difference to the lives of Afghan people into the future”, said Greens Senator and overseas aid spokesperson Lee Rhiannon

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Motion: Aid for family planning

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   family planning is key to achieving all Millennium Development Goals, especially Goal 5 which seeks to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters and is the least likely goal to be achieved,

      (ii)   maternal mortality is a leading cause of death and illness for all women worldwide, with pregnancy the biggest killer of girls aged 15 to 19,

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The Budget: Greens vision & views

The federal Budget is the economic tool that underpins and enables the Government's hopes, aspirations and priorities for the nation. Unless the Budget tells a strong, clear, consistent story, people are left wondering: what does the Government stands for?

Christine Milne's Budget reply speech - A Budget for the kind of country we want to be - lays out the Greens' response to the Budget and our vision of what it could have been.

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Liberals join Labor in abandoning foreign aid commitment

The government and opposition joined forces to vote down a Greens motion seeking to reaffirm the tripartite commitment to the target of at least 0.5% of gross national income going to overseas aid by 2015.

"Prime Minister Gillard has effectively given Tony Abbott permission to abandon the decade old cross-party commitment to the globally agreed overseas aid budget to achieve the Millennium Development Goals," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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