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Wednesday, 1 December 2004
Page: 89

Senator ALLISON (3:49 PM) —I, and also on behalf of Senator Greig, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that Wednesday, 1 December 2004 is World AIDS Day;

(b) notes that:

(i) the Government has abrogated its leadership role in the area of domestic HIV/AIDS prevention by continuing to pursue a flawed process for developing the new HIV Strategy and continually delaying the development and release of the 5th National HIV Strategy,

(ii) in 2 decades the AIDS pandemic has claimed more than 20 million lives, 3 million of them in 2003, with little hope for improvement in 2004, as the pandemic continues to accelerate,

(iii) more than 38 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS,

(iv) less than 20 per cent of people at high risk of HIV infection have access to proven prevention interventions which, if increased, could avert an estimated 29 million to 45 million new infections by 2010,

(v) in 2003 there were 5 million new HIV infections, of which women accounted for nearly half of all infected adults and nearly three-fifths of those in sub-Saharan Africa, and

(vi) half of all new HIV infections are among young people—four infections every minute—with young people particularly at risk, especially in Africa, where the infection rates for young women are two to three times those of young men; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) expedite the conclusion of the 5th National HIV Strategy,

(ii) fulfil the agreed target of 0.7 per cent of gross national product for official development assistance, and

(iii) support the expansion of HIV/AIDS prevention activities both locally and internationally and ensure that they are integrated into comprehensive sexual and reproductive health programs.