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   12   World Humanitarian Day

Mr Hayes, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        notes that World Humanitarian Day will be observed on 19 August 2019;

(2)        pays tribute to the aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, including those who are:

(a)        directly targeted;

(b)        treated as threats; and

(c)        prevented from providing relief;

(3)        honours the lives of those aid workers who have been killed while bringing relief and care to those in desperate need;

(4)        acknowledges the millions of civilians affected by armed conflict every day, including those who struggle to access food, water, safe shelter and crucial medical assistance;

(5)        further notes that the United Nations estimates that record numbers of over 65 million people are displaced from their homes around the world due to conflict;

(6)        notes the Government’s $11.3 billion in cuts to foreign aid, rendering Australia’s international aid contribution as a percentage of gross domestic product at the lowest recorded level; and

(7)        calls on the Government to rebuild Australia’s International Development Assistance Program and increase aid investment beyond current levels.

Debate ensued.

Debate adjourned and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.