Commenting on the aid budget, following the lock-up at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, CEO of the Australian Council for International Development, Marc Purcell, said:
“Off the back of swinging cuts worth $11.3bn over the last four years, the aid budget is set to decline yet again. This is a further cut of over $300m over four years.
“The Government has kept the aid budget just above inflation, but is only prepared to do so for two years, but then will freeze it for the next two. In doing so, it will siphon off aid money to top-up other Government agencies.
“The aid budget is bouncing along the bottom and does not add up to a vision of what role we want to play in the world.
“We have reached a fork in the road where we need to determine what our long-term response will be to growing suffering and vast discrepancies of wealth and opportunity – turn inwards or offer a generous hand?
“As a nation who believes in giving others a fair-go, we think this Government should commit to rebuilding the aid budget and rebuild bridges with other nations to tackle the common global challenges we see.”
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