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Thursday, 2 December 2004
Page: 5

Senator ALLISON (9:37 AM) —by leave—I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the release of the report The enduring effects of war: health in Iraq 2004;

(b) notes that the report finds:

(i) that the risk of death from violence in the 18 months after the invasion was 58 times higher than in the 15 months before the invasion, while the risk of death from all causes was 2.5 times higher,

(ii) 32 per cent of children are chronically malnourished and 17 per cent are underweight,

(iii) since April 2003, at least 400 women and girls, some as young as eight, have been raped during or after the war, and

(iv) in 2003 over a quarter of primary care centres closed, over half of primary care facilities no longer provide family planning services and between 30 per cent and 40 per cent of women deliver their babies without qualified help; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) support a comprehensive, investigation of casualties and the state of health in Iraq, and

(ii) increase humanitarian aid to Iraq to address health needs, in particular the re-establishment of safe, accessible primary health facilities.

Question agreed to.