Australia’s Foreign Aid Has Saved Lives

Sue Packham | Sunraysia Daily | 12 May 2017

I agree with Michael Gamble that compassion begins in our own homes.

However there are still 800 million people around the world living without the basic services we Aussies take for granted.

Since 2000, Australian aid has, with other wealthy nations, achieved some of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: global poverty and women dying during childbirth has halved, access to clean water doubled, instead of 30,000 children dying each day from preventable illnesses that number is now 16,000.

With these wonderful results, the myth of Australia giving people a “fair go” continues. But with the $11 billion cut from our aid program over the past three years, the reality is the exact opposite.

 

 

Sue Packham

Woolamai (VIC)