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Tuesday, 24 November 2015
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Senator McEWEN (South AustraliaOpposition Whip in the Senate) (15:37): At the request of Senator Singh, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 14 November was World Diabetes Day,

(ii) there are 1.1 million diagnosed cases of diabetes in Australia and this is rising by 100 000 a year,

(iii) Diabetes Australia estimates that:

(A) diabetes currently costs the Australian economy around $14.6 billion per annum, and

(B) the cost of diabetes to the Australian economy is forecast to increase to $30 billion by 2025,

(iv) Australia needs a stronger response to the challenge of diabetes, and

(v) there is evidence that:

(A) the onset of type 2 diabetes can be successfully prevented, and

(B) serious complications and hospitalisations from diabetes can be prevented; and

(b) commits to working towards reducing the impact of diabetes on the lives of Australians.

Question agreed to.