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Pages tagged "millennium development goals"
MR: Delay to increasing foreign aid a concern: ACL
· April 01, 2014 11:00 AM
Tuesday 1st April 2014
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment at a senate inquiry report recommendation to extend the time by which Australia increase its foreign aid.
Last week, a senate inquiry into Australia’s overseas aid and development assistance program released its report, with one of its 24 recommendations suggesting Australia’s target of 0.5 per cent of gross national income (GNI) be met by 2024-25.
ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said both Labor and the Coalition had pledged to meet this target by 2015.
“Australia is a prosperous country and has a moral responsibility to provide greater aid to the world’s poorest,” he said.
“This new time frame is a major step back in our country’s role in meeting the Millennium Development Goals. More importantly, it’s a huge failure to the millions of people whose lives are at risk each day because of poverty,” he said.
Mr Shelton said overseas aid is an expression not only of mercy and national generosity but of justice.
“In a region where there are enormous vulnerabilities for natural disasters and public health issues, Australia’s contribution to increasing aid is a means of acting justly to ensure the long term peace, health and wellbeing of the region in which it resides,” he said.
However, Mr Shelton welcomed the recommendations for the government to release an overarching policy framework for Australia’s aid program and to refrain from mid-year changes to the aid budget.
“We urge the government to build upon the strategic and policy framework for assessing Australia’s aid program which was developed in recent years,” he said.
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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.”
To see where the parties stand on aid and other policy issues go to
John Beckett on the Political Spot about UN report on MDGs
· July 16, 2013 10:00 AM
John Beckett is the National Coordinator for Micah Challenge. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he discusses the United Nations
Millennium Development Goals Report 2013
released last month.
Tell the PM & Treasurer: ""Don't Divert Aid""
· April 16, 2013 10:00 AM
Australia was one of the 189 member states of the United Nations that signed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 to halve world poverty by 2015.
Last year, the government diverted $375 million away from its foreign aid commitment in order to pay for the cost of detaining, processing and providing for onshore asylum seekers, and will likely try to divert more aid when it announces another "tough budget" on 14 May.
ACL has continually lobbied for government to reach the target as outlined by the MDGs, and advocates strongly for Australia's willingness to be generous to the poor by helping developing nations implement poverty-reducing strategies. In the lead up to this year's federal election, ACL will be urging the major political parties to recommit to the MDGs.
Micah Challenge has launched a campaign in the lead up to the May budget announcement, with the message: "Don't Divert Aid." This is designed to place pressure on the government to stop the diversion of overseas aid money.
Join with Micah Challenge in speaking out against the poverty and injustice, and encouraging our leaders to keep their commitment to reducing world poverty.
You can do this by contacting the offices of the Prime Minister and the Treasurer to tell them that Australian aid should be used to support poverty reduction and sustainable development overseas, and that you support the Government's commitment to increase aid to 0.5% of Gross National Income by 2016, but you do not want to see more aid funds diverted away from our overseas aid partners to meet the costs of detaining, processing and supporting asylum seekers:
Call Prime Minister Julia Gillard's office on (02) 6277 7700
Call Treasurer Wayne Swan’s office on (02) 6277 7340 or email
Micah Challenge campaign page
to find out more about how you can support.
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.
Audit of overseas aid spending welcome
· November 18, 2010 11:00 AM
Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd this week announced a review of Australia’s multi-billion dollar aid program.
There has been considerable public concern in recent months at the efficacy of Australian aid spending, with reports suggesting some consultants are being paid many hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Australian Government has stated its commitment to the aims of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which include halving extreme poverty by 2015. By then Australia’s aid budget will grow to $8 billion a year, making AudAID the fifth biggest-spending federal government agency.
With existing concerns about the effectiveness of Australian aid spending, and spending in the sector set to grow dramatically in the years ahead, a review is timely to ensure that we are doing are utmost to direct aid funding to where it is most needed and will have the most impact.
As Rowan Callick
, “Australians’ natural warmth about the notion of doing good should not prevent a tough assessment of how – indeed, whether – Canberra's spending can sustainably improve the lives of the poor in other countries.”
For another media report on the review of Australian aid spending, please click
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