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Notice given 14 June 2006

445  Chair of the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee (Senator Marshall): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee on Pacific region seasonal contract labour be extended to 18 October 2006.

449  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) microcredit is a particularly effective and sustainable means of eradicating poverty,

(ii) microcredit borrowers, particularly women, generate income that allows them to feed, clothe, educate and care for the health of their children,

(iii) to date, 66.6 million people in the world have been reached with microcredit services,

(iv) Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) seeks to eradicate poverty, while its 2015 target is to reduce by half the number of people living on less that $1 per day,

 

 (v) if the new Microcredit Summit goal of having 175 million of the world’s poorest families receiving microcredit was reached by 2015, then nearly half the MDG target would be met,

(vi) Australia spent $14.5 million on microcredit in the 2005-06 aid budget which is 0.6 per cent of the aid budget, and

(vii) the United States of America, which has funded microcredit longer than most donor countries has established an international benchmark for microcredit spending, being 1.25 per cent of the aid budget; and

(b) urges the Government to:

(i) agree to support the new Microcredit Summit goal of having 175 million of the world’s poorest receiving microcredit by 2015 as a means of achieving the MDGs, and

(ii) increase the proportion of money it allocates to microcredit to 1.25 per cent of the budget.

450  Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (Senator Siewert): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee on water policy initiatives be extended to 30 November 2006.

453  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the increasing conflict in West Papua and the systematic abuse of the human rights of West Papuans by the Indonesian military and police,

(ii) that many of the same officers that orchestrated the violence during the Indonesian occupation of East Timor are now in West Papua, and

(iii) that, despite the extensive evidence of crimes against humanity in East Timor under Indonesian occupation, no members of the Indonesian military have been prosecuted;

(b) expresses concern at ongoing Australian military cooperation with Indonesia while these human rights abuses continue; and

(c) calls on the Government to suspend negotiations on a new security treaty with Indonesia until Indonesian military members involved in human rights abuses are prosecuted.