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Save and expand foreign aid

This month the world is learning about the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa, where about 12 million people have been hit by the worst drought in almost 60 years. Australia has pledged more than $11 million in aid. It's heart-wrenching to see malnourished children in refugee camps in Kenya with tubes in their noses to feed them because their hungry mothers cannot.

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Govt must act to protect water licences from foreign ownership

The Australian Greens are calling on the federal government to alter the powers of the Foreign Investment Review Board to include water licences.

 

It comes amid an overwhelming response from everyday Australians toward the acquisition of prime farming land by foreign companies and shows the Federal government must act to ensure water allocation licences in the Murray Darling Basin and other part of the country are protected.

 

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Govt must help students in limbo following 'Arab spring'

 

The Australian Greens will in the next sitting of parliament call on the Gillard government to help students in Australia who are from countries caught up in the Arab uprising.

 

"I have given a notice of motion that in the new Senate on July 4 the Greens will call on the government to extend on humanitarian grounds the visas of students from Libya, Bahrain and Syria," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

 

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AusAID - Family Planning Funding

QUESTION NUMBER 14 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
AusAID has made a significant commitment to increasing its funding in the area of family planning. Can you please explain how investing in family planning contributes to the development of countries and the achievement of all the MDGs, and why it is so important for Australia to lead in this area, particularly in the Pacific?

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AusAID - NEW Family Planning Initiatives

QUESTION NUMBER 12 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
How much bilateral Australian aid funding, since August 2009 has gone to NEW family planning initiatives, that get family planning services to women who currently have an unmet need, to help reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions? How much money and support has gone to the provision of safe abortion services in the region?

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AusAID Strategy Review

QUESTION NUMBER 10 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
We understand that AusAID has completed a bottom up strategy review to feed into the development of maternal, newborn and child health assistance. Can you provide further detail of the review, its main findings and how it will feed into informing Australia's future maternal health and child health assistance?

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AusAID - Meternal, Newborn and Child Health

QUESTION NUMBER 9 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
Is AusAID seeking to develop an overarching strategy or framework to guide the direction of its enhanced support for maternal, newborn and child health? Has AusAID identified priority countries or regions that will be the recipients of its assistance?

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AusAID Investment in Children and Mental Health

QUESTION NUMBER 8 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
Given the growing evidence that investing in early childhood and maternal health has a central role to play in development, is there scope for AusAID to increase investment in child and maternal health? 

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