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Thursday, 25 September 2014
Page: 7106


Senator MILNE (TasmaniaLeader of the Australian Greens) (12:04): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the dangerous spread of the Ebola virus in parts of West Africa, that has infected more than 5 500 people, and caused the deaths of more than 2 600, and

(ii) the major threat that this outbreak poses to international peace and security;

(b) applauds the efforts of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Cuba, all of which have provided medical teams and aid to help combat the disease;

(c) raises concern That the Australian Government has ignored calls from Médecins Sans Frontières for countries, including Australia, to evaluate their emergency medical and logistics capacity and make a contribution beyond financial support; and

(d) urges the Australian Government to contribute to the fight against Ebola on the ground through the provision and support of scientific, medical and humanitarian personnel.