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 4 WORLD FOOD PROGRAM

Mrs May, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) recognises that:

 (a) poverty and hunger remain the most important challenges facing the international community;

(b) the United Nation's World Food Program (WFP) remains the most effective way of alleviating world poverty; and

(c) the WFP's mandate and mission are strongly relevant to Australia's overall humanitarian objectives;

(2) also recognises that:

 (a) the alleviation of poverty assists the building of political stability, aids in the provision of education and training, and lowers levels of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS;

(b) the work of the WFP in its "Food for Work," program assists in the provision of much needed infrastructure in some of the world's poorest nations;

(c) the "Food for Life" program is the quickest and most effective way of providing displaced persons and those affected by natural disaster with lifesaving food when their own nation state is unable to provide assistance; and

(d) the "Food for Growth" program is a vital means of providing food to pregnant women, school children and babies who would not otherwise receive adequate food to aid their growth;

(3) understands that the Federal Government:

 
(a) has a large financial commitment to the World Food Program on both an ongoing and an occasional basis; and

(b) has committed $56.3 million since March 2002, including a contribution of $12.8 million to help ease the food crisis in southern Africa and a contribution of $1 million to assist the survivors of the Bam earthquake; and

(4) congratulates:

 (a) the Federal Government on its ongoing support of the World Food Program; and

(b) the World Food Program on 40 years of fighting hunger and poverty.

Debate ensued.

At 1.45 p.m., the time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 106A, Mr Quick was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed, and the resumption of the debate was made an order of the day for the next sitting.