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25    Foreign Affairs— Overseas Development Assistance

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 332—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the Government’s deeply disappointing decision to once again cut funding to aid in the 2017-18 Federal Budget by $300.3 million across the forward estimates,

                                    (ii)       Australia’s Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) is currently at a record low as a proportion of Gross National Income (GNI), and will now plunge even further to 0.2% of GNI by 2020, and

                                  (iii)       this decision comes as there are 60 million displaced people in the world, famines in parts of Africa and the Middle East, and increasing threats to prosperity as a result of climate change, amongst other global concerns; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to reverse these cuts and, as soon as possible, identify a year by which Australia’s ODA will reach the target of 0.7% of GNI, as is our commitment to the United Nations, and as other comparable nations such as the United Kingdom have already achieved.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Senator Gallagher, by leave, moved the following amendment:

Omit paragraph (b), substitute:

    (b)   calls on the Government to reverse these cuts and, as soon as possible, make a commitment to a GNI growth target for Australia’s ODA.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.