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Greens call on Shorten to back Pacific development for people before Australian companies

Greens overseas aid and development spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on opposition leader Bill Shorten to use his Pacific trip to commit a future Labor government to scrapping the PACER-Plus agreement as it does not meet social and environmental standards for regional development.

"Mr Shorten can practice what Labor preaches on this visit by refusing to support weak regional agreements that promotes development detrimental to local communities," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens call for immediate reversal of aid cuts to NGO Cooperation Program

Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Turnbull government to move quickly to restore aid funding to the Fred Hollows Foundation and other non-government aid groups to ensure people in low income countries do not miss out on vital care and assistance.

"The Lateline report on critical programs run by the Fred Hollows Foundation that restore the sight of young children should be a wakeup call to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to restore funding to the Australian NGO Cooperation Program," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens announce commitment to 0.7% GNI aid target by 2025

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale joined Greens spokesperson for international aid and development Senator Lee Rhiannon today to announce the Greens plans to fund international development.

“Australia’s foreign aid budget should be 0.7% of Gross National Income, and today the Greens are proud to announce an election commitment to achieve that by 2025,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Motion: Support the Sustainable Development Goals

In this motion, I urge the Senate to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, which builds on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, as a blueprint to end extreme poverty. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:44): I, and also on behalf of Senator Bilyk, move:

That the Senate-
(a) notes that:

(i) the United Nations (UN) summit for the adoption of the post 2015 development agenda took place from 25 September to 27 September 2015;

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PM's first week sees cuts to polio eradication funding

With the world on the cusp to become polio free, the Greens have have expressed their dismay at the Australian government's cut to polio eradication funding by half.

"The Global Polio Eradication Initiative was started by an Australian in response to the worldwide tragedy that is polio," said Greens spokesperson for international aid and development Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"The complete eradication of polio is in sight. To back away from our full funding commitment to this initiative is incredibly irresponsible

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Leaked documents puts spotlight on Australia's self interest in Pacific

Following the leaking of text from the Pacific free trade talks, the Greens are calling on the Australian government to end negotiations and undertake the necessary social and environmental impact assessments.

A draft chapter titled "Development and Economic Cooperation" from the regional free trade agreement known as PACER-Plus has been leaked by the Pacific Islands News Association.

Link: http://tinyurl.com/nvk242n

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Speech: Greens' International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:18):

The inquiry into the Greens' International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015 was very useful. Some excellent information was presented to us. There were 14 submissions from non-government organisations, as well as from the department. It certainly did highlight the need for legislative change. There was a range of suggestions of how this could be taken forward.

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