Senate debates

Monday, 4 December 2017



4:33 pm

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

The Australian government is deeply concerned for the seven million Yemenis facing starvation in what the United Nations describes as the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. Australia has responded by providing $20 million in emergency assistance in 2017. We have also contributed $33 million to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund over the last three years, which has provided support to Yemen. Australia has made representations to relevant parties, underlining the importance of unhindered humanitarian access and compliance with international humanitarian law. Recognising that the only way to end the suffering is for a permanent end to hostilities, Australia has continued to call on all parties to return to UN mediated negotiations.


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