Missed opportunity means aid remains in danger

Students at a Bangladeshi primary school affected by Australian aid cuts.     Photo: The Age – Kazi Sudipto Rahman

15 DECEMBER 2015

Australian aid remains in danger as Turnbull government misses opportunity to rebuild

Today, the Turnbull government missed a big opportunity to invest in a brighter future for our region, and our country.

There had been hope that our new PM  would respond to the feedback from voters, our partners and the international community and commit to rebuilding Australian aid after $11.3 billion in cuts to forward spending since 2013.

Thousands of ordinary Australians all over the country have sent nearly 10,000 letters to the Prime Minister opposing further cuts and calling for a rebuild of Australian aid.

However, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann were silent on Australian aid in their MYEFO announcement today, despite calls to scrap a further $220 million reduction in spending planned for 2016-17.

The 2015-16 aid cuts of over $1 billion already in place have had devastating consequences.

“The lack of specific references in MYEFO means Australian aid is still at risk of further cuts. This means more lives and livelihoods are also at risk” said RESULTS CEO Maree Nutt.

‘Our aid level is set to reach 0.22% of Gross National Income next year and its lowest level in history. When are we going to be a responsible international donor again?’ Ms Nutt continued.

ENDS

Media contact:
Camilla Ryberg | | camilla.ryberg@results.org.au




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