Budget 2016 statement from Lyle Shelton, Managing Director, Australian Christian Lobby

Given Australia is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, it is deeply disappointing that tonight’s budget sees Australia’s overseas aid cut to the lowest in our history.

We are spending just 22 cents per $100 of national income to help the world’s poor.

There is no quarrel with the idea that countries, like families, need to live within their means.

But most of us have mortgages and yet still manage to sponsor a child through child sponsorship and give to our local church’s mission programs helping the poor in developing countries.

Just as we are encouraged to be generous as individuals, so too should our nation.

ACL will use the election campaign period to encourage both sides of politics to begin re-building our aid program.

It remains a great shame to both sides of politics that they walked away from the Millennium Development Goal promise to increase aid to 0.7 per cent of GNI.