THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
SATURDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2014
Labor is concerned by reports the Abbott Government's $10 million pledge to help fight the Ebola crisis is yet to reach the United Nations.
The Abbott Government must answer this serious revelation, printed today in The West Australian newspaper.
The UN has said the Ebola outbreak must be controlled within 60 days or else the world faces an unprecedented situation for which there is no plan. So it's vital support is delivered to the UN as quickly as possible.
The $10 million is part of the Abbott Government's total $18 million contribution to help deal with the Ebola crisis. One philanthropist has donated $25 million. That one, individual donor has given more than the nation of Australia.
If the international community, including Australia, doesn't do more, some predictions suggest the number of Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million by 2015.
For weeks now, Labor has been calling on the Abbott Government to significantly step up Australia's efforts.