ON the eve of Budget 2017, Campaign for Australian Aid is condemning reported budget leaks indicating the Government’s plans to continue hacking away at the Australian aid budget.
“While the Government gives massive handouts to the wealthiest people and big corporates, it continues cutting aid to those living in the poorest parts of the world,” said Director for Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne.
“If the Government wants to fund counter-terrorism, that’s their choice. But don’t cut funding to the world’s poorest from an aid budget that has already been cut to the bone by this Government.
“As we speak, millions of people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are facing starvation, while millions more are seeking asylum from war in Syria.
“Yet the Government continues to raid Australia’s aid budget, which currently sits at an historic low.”
Mr Milne added: “These cuts will increase inequality and take funding away from reducing poverty and action on climate change, the very drivers of conflict and instability.”
Story Source: Australian Aid
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