Let’s boost foreign aid


I note that government revenue is now believed to be so healthy that we no longer need to increase the Medicare levy to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and that we can also afford a $65 billion tax cut over 10 years for big business.

That sounds like the government coffers are awash with funds.

Maybe now we can address the appalling state of Australia’s foreign aid budget? I remember when there was bipartisan support for increasing the foreign aid budget to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income, but now it languishes at around 0.2 per cent.

When is it going to be the turn of the world’s poor, many of whom live on our doorstep?

David Bailey, Deakin West