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Thursday, 16 October 2008
Page: 6151


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (9:37 AM) —I move:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

(i)   the important work being done by the international ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign and the tireless effort of the many non-government agencies, faith groups, community organisations and individuals working around the world to end poverty, and

(ii)   the impact that poverty has on child and maternal health;

(b)   recognises:

(i)   the 2008 United Nations report on the Millennium Development Goals that highlights maternal mortality decreased by less than 1 per cent between 1990 and 2005, far below the 5.5 per cent annual reduction needed,

(ii)   more than half of the 29 developing countries are not on track to achieve the child health goal or the maternal health goal, and

(iii)   each year, 34,000 mothers and more than 400,000 children die in our immediate region; and

(c)   calls on the Government to work with each of the key maternal health agencies in the region, to identify the core funding arrangements they require, to ensure that Australia is actively promoting the need to reduce the current child and maternal health mortality rate in developing countries.

Question agreed to.