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SOCIAL ISSUES—ANTI-POVERTY WEEK

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 971—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 14 October to 20 October 2012 is Anti-Poverty Week,

  (ii) poverty and severe financial hardship affect more than a million Australians and people living in poverty miss out on opportunities and resources such as adequate health and dental care, housing, education, employment opportunities, food and recreation, and

  (iii) growing up in poverty represents a risk to children's health and well-being and their prospects for the future; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) take further action to reduce the number of people living in poverty in Australia, particularly the number of children living in poverty, and

  (ii) develop a national anti-poverty plan to facilitate coordinated action across all levels of government to meet targets which reduce poverty and its causes.

Question put and passed.