Nov 20, 2009

Increased funding to clean up landmines

Increased funding to clean up landmines

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 20 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese applauded the government’s decision this week to commit a record $100 million over five years to the campaign against landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war.

More than 5000 people a year are injured by these weapons in more than 70 countries around the world.

Over recent years, Australia has been a committed mine action donor in sixteen badly affected countries, namely Afghanistan, Angola, Burma, Cambodia, Iraq, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Mozambique, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Somalia, the Sudan, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.

"There are large numbers of immigrants from these countries living in my electorate," said Mr Albanese.

"They know well the perils of landmines in their old countries and I am sure they appreciate the action their new home is taking to clean up this scourge."

Priority for the funding will continue to go to countries in the Asia-Pacific region although there will be flexibility to respond to other emerging needs.