Peter Graves | Canberra Times | 12 May 2017

Barrie Smillie’s comments on Australia’s overseas help (“Prioritise aid”, Letters, May 10) can be contrasted with the 900 million people overseas living on $US1.90 each day.

That’s less than the price of a coffee in Australia.

Each day, 17,000 children around our world die from preventable causes such as diarrhoea from drinking dirty water, or tetanus. One dose of the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine costs about US20¢.

Australia’s aid helps those children to be alive after five.

Poverty does not respect geography and it deserved our attention in the budget.



Peter Graves

Canberra (ACT)