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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—GAZA

Senator Hanson-Young amended general business notice of motion no. 342 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes with regret the number of people who have been killed in the recent hostilities in Gaza and southern Israel;

 (b) expresses deep concern regarding the 437 Palestinian children killed, as indicated by the Palestinian Health Authority; and

 (c) calls on the Government to:

  (i) provide urgent additional funding for recovery and reconstruction efforts to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, including the $10 million already committed in 2009 to Gaza, and

  (ii) support medical treatment to assist Palestinian children and their families, including consideration of medical evacuation.

Statements by leave: Senator Coonan, the Special Minister of State (Senator Faulkner) and Senator Hanson-Young, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.