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Motion: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended.

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia and other donors are due to announce their 3-year pledges to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria at the replenishment meeting being held in Washington DC on the morning of 4 December 2013 (AEST),

(ii) the Global Fund is seeking a total of $15 billion to build on progress in bringing an end to AIDS, TB and malaria,

(iii) Australia should offer the strongest possible support to the Global Fund to continue an ambitious and successful program to fight AIDS, TB and malaria. In addition, Australia's contribution will support positive bilateral and multilateral relationships and will be seen as a measure of Australia's standing in the international community,

(iv) the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) is committed to saving children's lives and is on track to immunise 500 million children by 2015, and

(v) at the GAVI Pledging Conference in June 2011 the Australian Government increased Australia's commitment from $60 million over 3 years to $200 million for the period 2011 to 2013, of which $52.5 million remains outstanding; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) commit at least $375 million to the Global Fund for the period 2014 to 2016, and

(ii) complete its current pledge and increase investments in GAVI to at least $75 million in both 2014 and 2015.

Question agreed to.

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