Aiding a better future

Lindsey Little | The Mercury | 06 May 2015

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I’d be delighted to answer Charles Camidge’s query on why we give aid to Indonesia (Letters, April 30). We do it because we believe in a better, fairer future for them and us. If you want to see dramatic changes in a country, you invest in its children, and that’s exactly what Australian Aid does through health and education initiatives. Don’t we want healthy, well-educated neighbours? Is it fair to target the most vulnerable for something their government’s done? I’m proud of what Australian Aid has achieved, and I don’t want my country to be responsible for a five-year-old’s death from measles because we pulled funding for vaccinations. Australians have recently taken a stand and said we will not abandon the fallen. Let us not now, in their names, abandon the innocent.