Aid cut reversal vital for our region

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP announces Labor’s intention to reverse $224 million in aid cuts.

Aid cut reversal vital for a healthy and prosperous region

For immediate release

RESULTS International Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Labor Party that if elected, they would reverse the Government’s $224 million cuts to Australian Aid, detailed in the 2016/2017 Federal Budget.

Australian aid is one vital way Australia contributes to the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which envision a world without extreme poverty and its associated diseases by 2030. In 2014-15 alone Australian aid helped almost 1.4 million children enrol in school, helped vaccinate nearly 36 million children against measles and helped new HIV infections and tuberculosis death rates to drop dramatically in our region.

Despite these impressive outcomes, recent years have seen Australian aid suffer disproportionate and devastating cuts, meaning Australia is now the least generous it’s ever been.

RESULTS CEO, Maree Nutt says “We welcome today’s announcement as a significant first step to rebuilding Australian aid so that the investments of the past and opportunities of the future are not wasted.”

“RESULTS has been advocating for appropriate levels of effectively targeted aid over the past 30 years. We have witnessed the number of child deaths largely from sickness and hunger drop from 42,000 children a day to 16,000 today. If we want to bring that number to zero we need to be accelerating investment not taking our foot off the pedal” says Ms Nutt.

By restoring the $224 million to our aid budget, investments could be maintained and even increased to ensure millions of women and children sleep under bed nets protected from malaria and millions of people are screened and treated for tuberculosis and HIV in the Asia-Pacific region.

“These are not just acts of charity but vital investments in the health and prosperity of our region and Australia’s own health security” says Ms Nutt.

Ms Nutt says “RESULTS will continue to work with and hold all political parties and their leaders accountable to the promise Australia made to achieve a world without extreme poverty and diseases by 2030. We must all play our part to build a better and fairer world for everyone.”

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Media Contact;
Camilla Ryberg I camilla.ryberg@results.org.au I 1300 713 037 I 0435 182 567




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