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Micah Challenge has launched a campaign urging the government to reverse its planned $656 million cut to foreign aid.  We encourage you to join with them in calling on MPs and the Prime Minister not to cut aid.



*Please note: the below information is from the Micah Challenge team*



Whether you've been campaigning with us for a long time, or have only just recently come on onboard, we know you share our deep disappointment with the Government's intention to remove $4.5 billion from Australia’s overseas aid budget over the next four years – including cutting $656 million from this year’s budget.



This $656 million cut, if it proceeds, represents:



  • 11% of the 2013-14 aid budget,


  • the largest ever cut to Australia’s overseas aid budget,


  • and the first cut in aid since Prime Minister John Howard signed on to the Millennium Declaration and committed Australia to “spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty.”




At just 1.4% of the Federal Budget, aid represents a small investment by the Australian Government, but one that provides huge returns in human welfare and improvements in stability, security and opportunity in our region and beyond.



Among many other things, Australian aid in 2011 helped:



  • almost 500,000 children in Bangladesh receive vaccinations and over 125,000 women receive skilled medical care during pregnancy and childbirth, reducing the maternal mortality rate twice as fast as the national average in four targeted districts,


  • an additional 2.3 million people in Vietnam gain access to clean water,


  • more than 20,000 households in Cambodia produce at least one extra rice crop,


  • the people of Timor-Leste receive better services by increasing government direct tax collection revenues by 38%,


  • 29,681 extra children in Papua New Guinea enrol in basic education,


  • 370,000 malnourished children in Somalia receive urgent medical treatment.




The question is, who will pay the price if this cut goes ahead?



Please take urgent action before Parliament resumes, calling on your MP to tell the Prime Minister, “Don’t Cut Aid!”



1. Email your MP, urging them to call on the Government to reverse the planned $656 million cut.



2. Share the stories of effective aid and the communities who will potentially be affected by this cut. We have infographics on our website showing the impact of Australia's aid program in six different countries which you can share on social media, email, or print out.



3. Invite others to join our campaign to hold the Government to account for ensuring Australia makes a full contribution to help end extreme poverty around the world.



Click here to visit the campaign page on the website and take action.