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MR: Commission of Audit recommends breaking foreign aid election promise
· May 01, 2014 10:00 AM
For release: Thursday May 1, 2014
The Australian Christian Lobby is concerned that today’s Commission of Audit report paved the way for a broken election promise on overseas aid.
Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the Coalition
made an election promise
to boost aid to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income once the budget position improved.
“The Commission of Audit’s recommendation to drop the election promise by de-coupling aid funding from GNI should be rejected,” Mr Shelton said.
“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.
“It is disappointing enough that both sides of Australian politics walked away from Australia’s 0.7 per cent MDG promise as part of a push to halve world poverty by 2015.
“A recommendation to now walk away from the election promise to at least reach 0.5pc should be rejected.”
Mr Shelton said ACL was grateful for the Coalition’s response to its traditional pre-election questionnaire and had distributed it electronically to tens of thousands of Christian voters.
“This will be a disappointment to a great many Christians who have been coming to Canberra for years lobbying Australian politicians to keep the nation’s promise to the world’s poor.
“While having a fiscally responsible budget is important, Australia is a very wealthy country compared to most in the world and we should be generous to those suffering extreme poverty.”
Mr Shelton said he hoped any proposal to cap aid would be a temporary measure.
MR: Coalition pledge to cut aid deeply disappointing
· September 05, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Thursday 5th September 2013
The Coalition’s decision today to cut $4.7 billion from overseas aid is deeply disappointing, according to Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton.
“I think Australians are generally proud of the fact that we have been increasing our aid to the world’s poor in recent years,” Mr Shelton said.
“Under the Coalition’s plan, we’ll now build better roads for ourselves with money that could have helped keep kids alive in countries where sealed roads are a luxury,” Mr Shelton said.
“We all want to see Australia prosper but compared to many countries in our region we are rich and our aid budget is very modest compared to what we spend on ourselves,” Mr Shelton said.
Australia currently spends 0.37 per cent of Gross National Income on aid with Labor promising to get to 0.5pc by 2017-18 – still well short of the original Millennium Development Goal promise Australia made to reach 0.75pc by 2015.
Labor recently diverted some of the aid budget to fund asylum seeker costs, something the Coalition condemned at the time.
Christian churches and particularly young people through Micah Challenge have been at the forefront of campaigning to keep our national promise to the world’s poor.
“It is disappointing to see bi-partisanship on this now gone,” Mr Shelton said.
“Many Christians will feel let down by both major parties in the lead-up to this election.”
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