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Monday, 29 August 1994
Page: 486


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the World Council of Churches has agreed to make the biblical concept of jubilee a main emphasis for its Eighth Assembly, being held in Zimbabwe in 1998,

    (ii)the jubilee principle included the cancellation of debts so that people could be set free from exploitation or slavery, and

    (iii)the goals of the jubilee were based in part on the idea of family and the need to preserve family structure;

  (b)acknowledges the fact that:

    (i)debt is a fundamental cause of social division between industrialised countries and the developing world, and between rich and poor Australians, and

    (ii)current debt levels in the developing world are so large as to be a permanent impediment to overcoming poverty and ill health in these countries; and

  (c)expresses:

    (i)its support for the World Council of Churches' efforts to raise awareness about the nature and problem of debt and ways to combat it, and

    (ii)its commitment to assist efforts to overcome the burden of debt and the poverty and injustice which it creates.