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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Page: 7193

Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (17:04): I seek leave to make a statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government is deeply concerned about the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The government has urged all those involved in Yemen to end the conflict and return to the United Nations led negotiations aimed at a permanent end to the hostilities. The scale of conflict, famine and cholera outbreak in Yemen is impacting the lives of millions of civilians, with the largest effect felt by vulnerable women and children. The government is working with our United Nations and non-government organisation partners through provision of food, clean water, medical assistance and sanitation services. This includes $33 million in funding to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund over the past three years.