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Monday, 11 November 1991
Page: 2825

Senator WATSON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)recalls that the Australian Government was represented at the World Summit for Children in 1990 and that, on behalf of the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke), several promises were made regarding the needs of the world's children, namely:

      (i)to cut down on all preventable child deaths by the year 2000,

      (ii)to cut maternal death rates by half by the year 2000,

      (iii)to reduce severe and moderate malnutrition among children by one half of the 1990 level,

      (iv)that a goal be set for the provision of clear water and sanitation for all families,

      (v)  that basic education be available to all and that at least 80 per cent of all children complete primary education,

      (vi)  that education be provided for at least half of uneducated and illiterate adults, especially women, and

      (vii)that children be provided protection in situations of armed conflict;

  (b)notes that to give effect to the above promises, the Australian Government promised an interdepartmental committee to develop a plan to effect these aims by the end of 1991; and

  (c)regrets that with less than two months left in 1991, there has been no announcement from the Government regarding the honouring of this commitment.