Australian Aid Changes Lives for Afghanis

Peter Graves | Sunraysia Daily | 6 April 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to Andrew Broad (Sunraysia Daily, April 4) for his call to lift our overseas assistance.

The visit of Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani is an example of Australia’s decreased help.

Our help to Afghanistan’s civilians has declined from $131 million in 2014-15, to $87.1 million in 2015-16 and $82.7 million in 2016-17.

Foreign assistance makes up 74 per cent of Afghanistan’s public expenditure. An average Afghan income in 2014 was US$680, or about $13 per week.

That aid reduction of $48 million makes a difference to the average Afghan and their children.

Our refugee policy does not help them. Australia’s aid does.

Peter Graves,

Curtin, ACT