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HEALTH—WORLD AIDS DAY

Senator Siewert amended general business notice of motion no. 305 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Monday, 1 December 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day,

  (ii) World AIDS Day was instituted by the World Health Organization to raise public awareness about AIDS and to promote support and understanding for people living with HIV/AIDS,

  (iii) globally there are an estimated 33.2 million people living with HIV,

  (iv) in Australia, between 1981 and 2007, there were 27 331 diagnoses of HIV infection, 10 230 diagnoses of AIDS and 6 767 deaths from AIDS,

  (v) in 2007, 1 051 people in Australia were diagnosed with HIV,

  (vi) currently approximately 16 692 people in Australia are living with HIV, and

  (vii) from 2003 to 2007 the overall rate of new HIV diagnoses in Australia has increased from 4 to 4.4 per 100 000; and

 (b) calls on the Government to review the national policies and funding on research, education and prevention programs in order to reverse the current upward trend in the rate of HIV infections.

Question put and passed.