The importance of aid

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I agree that Australia is “reaping what we sowed” (Letters, 20/6) in cutting our overseas aid. One example is Afghanistan. Our help to its civilians declined from $131million in 2014-15 to $80million in 2017-18. In 2014, an average Afghan income was $US680, or about $13 per week.

Our reduction in aid of $51million makes a difference to the average Afghan and their children. It is Refugee Week but our refugee policy does not help them. Australia’s aid does: more please.

Peter Graves, Curtin, ACT