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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 33

Senator SPINDLER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)notes that:

      (i)since the Labor Government came into power, Australia's overseas aid has fallen sharply from 0.5 per cent of gross national product (GNP),

      (ii)if, as anticipated, the Keating Government further reduces Australia's overseas aid to 0.33 per cent of GNP in the coming budget, it would be making a mockery of its recent election promise to increase aid to 0.4 per cent of GNP by 1994-95, which is still well short of the United Nations (UN) standard of 0.7 per cent of GNP,

      (iii)if the budget allocation were reduced to 0.33 per cent of GNP, the Keating Government would have reduced Australia's aid to its lowest level ever, and would have seriously undermined Australia's attempts to meet its obligations to poorer nations in the region and globally, and

      (iv)given that the life expectancy for women in Bangladesh and India is more than 20 years less than the life expectancy of women in Australia, the Keating Government would have demonstrated that it is prepared to disregard such basic disadvantage; and

    (b)calls on the Government to increase substantially in the 1994-95 Budget allocation to overseas aid towards the UN target of 0.7 per cent of GNP.