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HEALTH—WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY

Senator Barnett, also on behalf of Senator Crossin, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 764—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March 2010 represents an important opportunity to acknowledge the global impacts of tuberculosis (TB), which causes 2 million deaths annually,

  (ii) the Western Pacific region accounts for more than 20 per cent of the global burden of TB, with an estimated 1.4 million new cases each year,

  (iii) Australia is not exempt from the impacts of TB, in particular, due to the proximity of the Torres Strait Islands and Papua New Guinea where TB rates are very high, and

  (iv) 2010 marks the halfway point for the Global Plan to Stop TB; and

 (b) calls on the Government to maintain its efforts to achieve the important targets laid out by the Global Plan to Stop TB.

Question put and passed.