For release: Tuesday, 8th May, 2012
Election promises matter and the Australian Christian Lobby is disappointed $2.9 billion in overseas aid to the world's poorest was cut in tonight’s budget.
"People in the Christian constituency were particularly attuned to this election promise, made by both Labor and the Coalition, because of concern for the poor," ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said.
Mr Wallace said he was concerned by comments the Coalition’s treasury spokesman Joe Hockey made to ABC television tonight supporting the cut.
“If Mr Hockey was reflecting the Coalition’s view then it too is guilty of breaking an election promise.”
Both sides of politics had received widespread praise from the constituency for their bi-partisan election pledge to boost aid to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income by 2015, Mr Wallace said.
"Promises like this are noticed and do influence the way many Christians vote.
"There is great disappointment in the decision to cut aid.
"It is one of several promises to the constituency that have been broken by the Government since the last election," Mr Wallace said.