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PA R LIA M EN TA R Y l i b r a r y M IC A H

P.R. 89/072 CANBERRA MARCH 2,1989

SENATOR MICHAEL MACKLIN AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRAT FOREIGN AFFAIRS SPOKESPERSON

INTERNATIONAL BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

The Au s t r a l i a n Democrats will today move amendments to ensure that, in future,the Australian Government would take a more active role in the forums of the International Bank for Recons t r u c t i o n and Development and the other affiliates of the World Bank.

Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Senator Michael Macklin, says that there is a growing concern in Australia w i t h -the management and direction of the World Bank.

He noted concern especially in regard to the effectiveness of their programs to alleviate poverty, to prevent environmental degradation, and to take into account the views and needs of indigenous peoples.

Senator Mac k l i n says that a thorough analysis is long overdue and that more comprehensive, detailed, annual reporting, focussing on the above issues, is necessary.

FURTHER INFORMATION Senator Michael Macklin And r e w Symon 062 11 5940

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