Monday, 26 November 2018
International Development Assistance
That the Senate—
(a) affirms that the best way to support our Pacific neighbours is through genuine aid and development funding and meaningful action on climate change;
(c) is further concerned that both the Liberal and Labor parties have joined the debt-trap diplomacy bandwagon, and that Overseas Development Assistance loans often do not support good development outcomes and are at odds with Australia's aid policy; and
(d) as Prime Minister Morrison prepares to attend the APEC Leaders' Summit in Port Moresby on 17 November and 18 November 2018, calls on the Government to unequivocally support Australia's grant-based aid program and commit to reaching an aid budget of 0.7% of GNI by 2030, as per our international commitments.
by leave—I would like to record a 'no' on the last vote. I thought in four minutes I could get from my seat to the men's toilet and back, but I couldn't; I got locked out. I would like it noted that I would've voted no.