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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
Aid budget increases but funding target delayed
· May 16, 2013 10:00 AM
This year’s federal budget is a ‘mixed bag’ according to the analysis of
The aid budget will grow by $518 million from last year, reaching almost $5.7 billion dollars, or 0.37% of Gross National Income (GNI). And while this is very welcome news, lifting aid to its highest level as a proportion of our national income since 1985, it's also not the only side to the story.
The commitment to increase aid to 0.5% GNI has been pushed back for the second year in a row – now expected to be reached in 2017-18. The effect of these two delays has been to remove around $4.8 billion from planned aid spending over the period 2012–16 . . .
The Government confirmed as well that they would again use $375 million of the aid budget to process, detain and support onshore asylum-seekers, making Australia the third largest recipient of its own overseas aid, after Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
In particularly good news, the funding to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) programs increased by 70% from $164 million last year to $279 million in this budget.
Read more at
Micah Challenge Australia
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.
ACL staff to speak at Easterfest
· March 12, 2013 11:00 AM
ACL's Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton and Communications Director Katherine Spackman will be speaking at this year's Easterfest.
Easterfest is Australia's largest festival about Easter…not just
Easter. Celebrating its message draws thousands of people from across the country to make the pilgrimage up the mountain to Toowoomba.
The ACL staff will participate in 'The Forum' presented by Bible Society, facilitating group discussions on challenging issues of life and faith.
On the Friday, Lyle will be facilitating two group discussions:
Are We There Yet?…response to world poverty
Addicted to Technology? The pleasures and pitfalls of living in the digital age.
In the evening, Katherine will be a panel guest in a discussion on
The Sexual Individualism of the iWorld.
Lyle will also be a key panel guest on Saturday on
Being a Voice in the Political Arena
Christians in Politics - A history of advocacy of those in need.
He will also be a key panel guest on Sunday on
Responding to the crisis in child well being in Australia,
and will facilitate a discussion on
One Heart…Church Unity.
On Sunday evening, Katherine will be the primary speaker on
, facilitated by David Wilson and including guests Destiny Rescue.
If you're able, we encourage you to come along and participate in this event as we celebrate the true meaning of Easter.
Details are as follows:
Queen's Park, Toowoomba
for a detailed breakdown of prices
to register your attendance.
Make your pledge to 'finish the race' and halve world poverty by 2015
· February 21, 2013 11:00 AM
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.
At the last election both Labor and the Coalition had committed to boost foreign aid to 0.5 per cent of gross national income (GNI) by 2015-2016, yet both parties have backed down on its commitment. The government’s commitment stands at just 0.35 per cent of GNI - well short of what is needed to eradicate poverty and help developing nations implement poverty-reducing policies.
From the beginning ACL has lobbied for government to reach the target as outlined by the MDGs and endorsed Australia's willingness to be more generous to the poor. ACL committed itself to communicating parties' election promises to the Christian constituency, including the
ALP's promise not to cut aid
In the lead up to this year's federal election campaign, the Australian Christian Lobby will be asking major political parties to recommit to the MDG goals and specifically the 0.7 per cent of GNI. Micah Challenge has launched its own campaign to 'Finish the Race' - calling on Australian leaders to 'finish what we started' and do our fair share towards achieving the MDGs and halving global poverty by 2015.
Join with Micah Challenge, churches, and other Christian organisations in speaking out against poverty and injustice, and encourage our leaders to act in fulfilling our commitment to reducing world poverty.
Make a pledge today by visiting
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