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MR: Poor let down again by delay to reaching Millennium Development Goals promise
· May 13, 2013 10:00 AM
Monday, 13th May, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has said the government’s decision to delay promised election funding to the world’s poor in tomorrow’s budget will disappoint the Christian constituency.
ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said comments by Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr that lifting aid to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) would again be pushed back to 2016-2017 is a breach of an election promise.
“There is an expectation in the constituency that Labor will honour its election promise and its promise to the poorest of the world’s poor,” Mr Shelton said.
“This is the third time in the last year that the federal government has delayed or cut aid to the world’s poor after promising at the 2010 election it would raise foreign aid to 0.5 per cent of GNI by 2015-2016,” he said.
“At last year’s budget it announced it would delay funding and then last December the government announced it would be diverting $375 million away from aid in order to cover the domestic costs of asylum seekers.
“The 0.5 per cent of GNI figure that we were aiming for is well below the actual 0.7 per cent figure that was estimated in 2000 that Australia would have to invest to reach the Millennium Development Goals,” he said.
Mr Shelton called on the Coalition to block the cut in aid but was concerned it would wave it through as it did last year.
While ACL believes governments should balance its budgets, it should also honour its promises.
“Despite our budget deficit, Australia is a wealthy country and it should be able to deliver a balanced budget whilst being generous to the world’s poor,” Mr Shelton said.
• In 2000, Australia was one of 189 member nations of the United Nations that singed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 to half world poverty by 2015
• It was estimated developed countries needed to achieve aid budgets of 0.7 per cent by 2015 in order to meet the global MDG financial gap
• At 2010 election both major parties committed to lift aid to 0.5 per cent of GNI by 2015-2016 http://www.australiavotes.org.au/policies/index.php?topic_ids=46#question1
MR: ACL disappointed by federal government decision to slash foreign aid
· December 19, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby says it’s disappointed the federal government has cut foreign aid again, the second time this year.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr has admitted the government plans to remove at least $375 million from Australia’s poverty-focused aid program to house and feed asylum-seekers in Australia.
ACL’s Chief of Staff Nick Overton said Australia’s commitment to overseas development programs should not be jeopardised by the government’s need to support refugees and asylum seekers within the country.
“The government certainly has an obligation to fulfil its commitment to asylum- seekers and refugees in Australia but to do this at the expense of poverty-stricken communities overseas is unfair,” he said.
He said it’s the second time this year the government has not followed through on its commitment to foreign aid.
“In May the government announced it would delay increasing aid spending to 0.5 per cent of GNI by 2015,” he said.
“Australia’s current commitment stands at 0.35 per cent of GNI – well short of what is needed to eradicate poverty and help developing nations implement poverty-reducing policies,” he said.
Australia was one of the 189 member states of the United Nations that had signed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 to halve world poverty by 2015.
ACL is concerned that more of Australia’s limited overseas aid budget is being channelled into abortion in developing countries, instead of improving birthing facilities
· November 29, 2012 11:00 AM
In response to a question in the Senate this week, Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr referenced the government's recent pledge to increase to $50 million per year the amount of aid money for ‘family planning’ in third world countries, doubling the amount it gave in 2010.
ACL does not believe aborting babies is the answer to dealing with problems of maternal and child health in developing countries. Providing abortion services would be a failure of the government to properly support women and children in dire circumstances, and ACL is disappointed in Queensland Labor Senator Claire Moore's continual push of abortion as the answer. In an effort to reduce these problems, greater funding should be given to health support services, including improving birthing facilities and providing more midwives and doctors. This would save lives of women without having to abort their babies.
Senator Carr also announced this week that Australia will provide up to $70 million to the UN's Population Fund over the next four years, appears to be a better use of taxpayers’ money. This money is targeted at training midwives and doctors in remote areas of countries like Cambodia.
Soon after assuming Government, Labor over-turned the Howard Government’s long-standing ban on using overseas aid money for abortion. Sadly, the share of money going to abortion seems to be growing.
to read Senator Carr’s comments to the Parliament.
MR: ACL calls on Australian government to pressure Pakistan on religious freedom
· August 21, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby is urging the Australian government to place pressure on Pakistan to change its outrageous blasphemy laws.
The call comes with the news that an 11-year-old Christian Pakistani girl was arrested and now faces a possible death sentence after being accused of burning a Koran.
ACL urges Foreign Minister Bob Carr to make representations to the Pakistani Ambassador in Canberra for the girl to be released from prison and placed in child protection.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said the Australian government should insist that Pakistan allow religious freedom and compel its government to change its inhumane blasphemy laws.
“Every effort must be made to save the life of this young child and remove the death penalty for any blasphemy law in Pakistan,” Mr Wallace said.
“Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and our government must do everything it can to pressure the Pakistani government to meet its international human rights obligations,” Mr Wallace said.
This year’s ACL National Conference, running from the 5
of October, focuses on the issue of religious freedom, and its important value in every society.
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