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Senator Rhiannon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) family planning is key to achieving all Millennium Development Goals, especially Goal 5 which seeks to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters and is the least likely goal to be achieved,

  (ii) maternal mortality is a leading cause of death and illness for all women worldwide, with pregnancy the biggest killer of girls aged 15 to 19,

  (iii) over 200 million married women and hundreds of millions more single and adolescent women still cannot access contraception and reproductive health services, fundamental human rights which can prevent 99 per cent of maternal deaths, and

  (iv) on 11 July 2012, the United Kingdom Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation host the global Family Planning Summit in London, which aims to reduce maternal deaths by 200 000 per year and to prevent 1 million infant deaths by 2020; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) continue to increase aid funding for family planning, with a special emphasis on investing in comprehensive rights-based approaches that eradicate social and cultural barriers, in the 2012-13 budget and beyond, and

  (ii) support the work of the International Consortium of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, comprised of CARE Australia, Marie Stopes International Australia, the Burnet Institute, the International Women's Development Agency, and Plan International Australia, and other initiatives that enable women to claim their right to decide if and when to have children. (general business notice of motion no. 829)

Senator McEwen: To move on 15 August 2012—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that in 2012 Australia is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the War in the Pacific and acknowledging the contribution of our service personnel to the defence of Australia during that period of World War II at events and memorial services in Australia and elsewhere in the Pacific region;

 (b) notes that:

  (i) the 2/27th Battalion AIF was formed at Woodside in South Australia in May 1940 and disbanded in March 1946,

  (ii) the 2/27th Battalion AIF fought in all the major World War II campaigns in which Australia was engaged and was awarded honours for the following battles: North Africa, Syria, The Litani, Sidon, Adloun, Damour, South West Pacific, Kokoda Track, Efogi-Menari, Buna-Gona, Gona, Ramu Valley, Shaggy Ridge, Balikpapan and Borneo,

  (iii) during the campaign in New Guinea in 1942 the battalion suffered heavy casualties during the battle at Brigade Hill on 8 September and at Gona in November and December, and

  (iv) the battalion continued fighting in New Guinea and was serving in Balikpapan, Borneo, when the war ended in August 1945;

 (c) acknowledges the invaluable contribution of the 2/27th Battalion AIF throughout World War II;


 (d) expresses its appreciation to the surviving members of the 2/27th Battalion AIF who served with courage and distinction in the Pacific War and other campaigns in World War II; and

 (e) thanks all those who served in Australia's defence forces during World War II. (general business notice of motion no. 830)

Senators Moore and Boyce: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the Australian Government's commitment to provide $50 million in support of global polio eradication efforts over 4 years, and

  (ii) the recent declaration by the 65th World Health Assembly that the completion of polio eradication is a programmatic emergency for global public health, indicating that if polio is not successfully eradicated very soon, the consequences will be catastrophic;

 (b) recognises that in February 2012, India was removed from the list of countries where polio remains endemic, proving that eradication strategies are effective when they are fully implemented and that polio can be eradicated anywhere - there has not been a single reported case of polio in India since January 2011;

 (c) notes that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative currently faces a funding shortfall of US$945 million for the full implementation of its 2012-13 Emergency Action Plan, especially targeting Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria and that immunisation campaigns have had to be cancelled or scaled back in 33 countries in Africa and Asia to make up for this shortfall, leaving more children vulnerable to the disease and increasing the risk of the international spread of polio; and

 (d) encourages the Australian Government to support efforts to deliver a polio-free world and to encourage other countries to do likewise at the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. (general business notice of motion no. 831)