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(generated from captions) Thank you, thank you. Good morning, good morning and welcome to Morning Australia. good morning and welcome to Good

Morning Australia. A very happy good morning and welcome to Good Friday morning to you. I hope that you are fit and well. I've had a sneak look at the audience and they're doing well and we've got that regular blonde in the front row which is just terrific. don't do the show on a Friday row which is just terrific. We morning unless we have a very attractive blonde in the front row, so good morning Sir, to have you here. Hope you're going so good morning Sir, it's very good top enjoy the show. As a matter of fact,

fact, I'm told that the front row top enjoy the show. As a matter of is related to Buzz, the man who provides the coffee on the show. Put your hand up if you're game to say that you're related to Buzz. Buzz, what's the story. Introduce your relations. This is my auntie and my cousin and I guess you're my cousin too. They've just recently been matter. Congratulations. We'll get you a bottle of champagne

later on. get you a bottle of champagne APPLAUSE. And there's certainly a family likeness there too Buzz. They're very handsome and lovely. They're not from my side of the family. Yeah right. Anyway, they have to be back at Royal Park 10:30. This coming Thursday, have to be back at Royal Park at Thursday of next week, it's a very important day. It's World Aids And there is a very special concert important day. It's World Aids Day.

happening on Sunday afternoon. It's And there is a very special concert my pleasure to welcome back to GMA, somebody who is intensely interested in the subject as we all should be because it is and continues to be devastating around the world and I speak of Senator Natasha Stott Despoja. Here she is.

Natasha, welcome back, lovely to Natasha Stott Despoja. Here she is. see you. It's been a while. It's been a while. Next Thursday is very important day, World Aids Day. been a while. Next Thursday is a You are associated with the Burnet Institute . You're a patron of same, but tell us what they do? I'm very honoured to be one of their patrons, the Burnet Institute. It's the only non-Government organisation

Australia that specialises, not non-Government organisation in the Burnet Institute. It's the only

only in healthcare, but also health research and one of the primary focuses is AIDS and focusing on communical diseases like HIV and AIDS. It's a dreadful word, communical. It's tough. What does World Aids Day mean to you? I

mentioned in the intro that it is World Aids Day mean to you? I still such a devastating disease, in the last 10 years, more than 25 million people have lost their lives. Is is it a personal issue for you? I've had friends who have had HIV and AIDS. But as a senator and as a person, and as a mother, I'm very focused on doing what we can to first of all, raise

awareness so people realise that can to first of all, raise AIDS is out there. You're right, 25 million people have died. We've got around 40 million people still infected in the world today. So personally, I'm doing my bit to raise awareness, but also raise some money, not just through Government, but also public funding for organisations like the Burnet Institute so we can do what we can, to not only end the disease

also end discrimination. So there to not only end the disease but Institute so we can do what we can,

will be a collection right throughout next week? Nip anyone at any time can donate to AIDS causes and in particular, the Burnet Institute who are always needing money for research and on the ground work. But if you go to the concert on Sunday, is in Fred resignation square, great bands and talent. Lots of people

talent. Lots of people I've never resignation square, great bands and heard of because I'm old and uncool. But you can buy ribbons for $2 or make a donation or make a larger donation to Burnet Institute if you want to help in that way. In Australia, what sort of danger are we in with AIDS. Are we winning the cause in some ways? We're not doing badly and that's in comparison to other nations. About 23,000 Australians

Australians have HIV/AIDS. About other nations. About 23,000 9,000 of them have AIDS. But I guess it's really important, only to focus on our country, and guess it's really important, not we've seen a slight decrease in males apparently who are getting the infection. A slight increase in women. And the most devastating statistic is that 33% of those HIV/AIDS cases are

So we've got a lot of work to do. HIV/AIDS cases are indigenous women. statistic is that 33% of those

But the reality is that around three quarters of people with HIV/AIDS are in resource countries, obviously Africa. HIV/AIDS are in resource poor we've got a lot of work to do, not countries, obviously Africa. And just at home but this is a global fight. We've got some information to put up, a website certainly for more information for the Burnet Institute. There you go.

also a mobile number, do you know Institute. There you go. There's more information for the Burnet

much about that? I don't know much about the mobile number. I thought I should just wear everything on my chest, but you can certainly call up for more information about the day and the concert, but also about the week starting yesterday. It's a week dedicated to AIDS awareness.

You've seen that the theme for the week dedicated to AIDS awareness. Burnet Institute is "I Promise" so we can all make a promise, promise to look after ourselves and our partners and promise to end discrimination and stigma, and perhaps promise to lobby politicians to put more money into fighting AIDS as well. Into organisations like Burnet Institute. Burnet Institute, absolutely and through

absolutely and through Aus Aid. Institute. Burnet Institute, Your mentioned you're a mummy for the first time. And Conrad is the Green room, there he is. What a the first time. And Conrad is in boy. What a boy. How old is he now? You can smile Conrad. Give us a smile. Hello darling He's 11 months old, he's a year old

It's gone very quickly. Are you old, he's a year old in December. smile. Hello darling He's 11 months

going for a pidgeen pair? Frpts the moment, I'm still trying to going for a pidgeen pair? Frpts at work out the work and family balance as I'm sure all families do. When I've got that right, we'll see. So your term ends in two years, two and a half years time? 2008, senate term ends. You'll stand and a half years time? 2008, my again, won't you? I'll think about it. This is my tenth year in

Parliament. This week is my tenth it. This is my tenth year in year in Parliament. I was first sworn in on the 30th of November, 1995. You would have seen a lot come and go? Absolutely, I feel like I've come a lot. It's been an interesting and amazing time. been very privileged to interesting and amazing time. I've the people of SA. But I'll think been very privileged to represent been very privileged to represent about whether or not I'll do again. It's been a long time. The Democrats are still relevant as you about whether or not I'll do it

see it? I think more relevant than Democrats are still relevant as you ever. Obviously we have issues get profile and votes, they're important if you're a political party. But at the moment, with party. But at the moment, with the Senate dominated by one party, the party. But at the moment, with the Government having the numbers, I think it's time for a check on executive power. It doesn't maur Government having the numbers, I

what political party you support, executive power. It doesn't maur it is good to have what political party you support,

it is good to have people challenging and scrutinising legislation. And you'll be doing that until at least 2008? Absolutely, you can bet on it. Lovely to see you. Senator Natasha that until at least 2008?

Stott Despoja. Next up in the Absolutely, you can bet on it.

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