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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16489

The following notice was given:

Mrs Moylan to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges the suffering and hardship experienced by the Iraqi people from years of neglect of essential services and the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein;

(2) notes the grave consequences of this neglect to human health, contributing to the second highest infant and child mortality rates in a list of some of the poorest countries in the world;

(3) notes the consequent poor state of essential services in Baghdad and other areas of Iraq and commends the efforts of the coalition, the United Nations and non-government organisations to provide emergency services to the people of Iraq;

(4) notes the major ongoing challenges facing the people of Iraq including the need for continued rehabilitation of essential services such as sewerage and sanitation and notes that a major effort is underway to improve these services;

(5) commends the Australian Government for the sub-stantial contribution to humanitarian aid and recon-struction in Iraq, notably in relation to agriculture, where Australia is taking the lead with the United States;

(6) notes that Australia's contribution of $100 million is the 5th highest of the 15 main contributing countries; and

(7) acknowledges the contribution of AusAID and Australian non-government organisations in the delivery of health services, water and sanitation work, co-ordination and logistics, food distribution, refugee preparedness and mine action and agriculture.