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Pollies ‘Lend A Leg’ for landmine victims



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Media Statement Attn: News Editors/Chiefs of Staff Monday, 2 April 2012

Melissa Parke Federal Labor Member for Fremantle

Pollies ‘Lend A Leg’ for landmine victims

F ourteen Federal Labor Parliamentarians ‘lent a leg’ for landmine victims in the final week of Parliament to raise awareness of the Australian Network to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions’ (ANBLC) Day for Mine Awareness on April 4 .

The international campaign swept the world this year with thousands of people submitting photos of themselves ‘lending a leg’ for landmine awareness and to call for a world wide moratorium on the use of landmines.

Federal Labor MP Melissa Parke, said landmines are an insidious tool of carnage that still litter more than 70 countries around the world.

“Each year tens of thousands of people are killed or maimed by landmines, 98 per cent of victims are civilians, and up to one third of those are children — this is a serious issue,” Ms Parke said.

ANBLC National Coordinator Loral Thomas, said she was pleased to see so many parliamentarians add their voices to the campaign.

“It’s refreshing to see so many parliamentarians come together during their busy day to say ‘hey landmines are not okay and something needs to be done’,” Ms Thomas said.

The Australian Government became a full party to the Mine Ban Treaty in 1999.

Australia has made significant contributions towards global efforts to reduce the threat and impact of landmines and other explosive remnants of war, providing over $175 million since 1997.

Through the aid program, Australia is a leading contributor to international mine clearance efforts, victim assistance, mine risk education and integrated mine action programs that help survivors to rebuild their livelihoods.

Australia has supported partner governments in 16

affected countries across the Asia-Pacific,

the Middle East and Africa.

The new Mine Action Strategy for the Australian aid program (2010-2014) will guide Australia’s assistance for the next five years, supported by a $100 million pledge. This is the biggest ever commitment to landmine clearance and an increase of $25 million over the previous five-year strategy from 2005 to 2010.