Australia’s aid to poor people overseas should be quarantined from further cuts in this year’s budget, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
“The aid cuts have gone far enough and there should be a trajectory to restoring them to at least pre-2013 levels,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.
“While repairing Australia’s budget over the long term is necessary, cutting overseas aid by 7.2 per cent in the last budget means Australia is failing in its commitment to help the world’s poorest people.
“Great Britain, whose budget position is far worse than Australia’s, has already achieved the Millennium Development Goal target of 0.7 per cent,” Mr Shelton said.
“Australia’s 0.27% doesn’t look good in comparison.
“It’s disappointing that both sides of Australian politics have walked away from Australia’s 0.7 per cent MDG promise as part of a push to halve world poverty by 2015,” Mr Shelton said.