Budget 2016: Australia turns its back on the world’s poor – again

CARE Australia CEO Dr Julia Newton-Howes (Image Credit: CARE Australia).

THE Turnbull Government’s failure to restore the Australian aid budget is short-sighted and likely to damage Australia’s international reputation, aid agency CARE Australia has warned.

CARE Australia Chief Executive Julia Newton-Howes said the decision to maintain a $224 million cut to the aid budget was deeply disappointing.

“Australia has turned its back on the world’s poor once again,” Dr Newton-Howes said.

“The Government’s refusal to reverse the final scheduled cut to the aid budget means Australia will become the least generous we’ve ever been with the lowest ratio of aid to the size of our economy ever.

“It’s worth remembering that international aid funding makes up less than 1 per cent of the total national budget.

“And it is those most vulnerable who will bear the consequences of this short-sighted decision.”

Dr Newton-Howes welcomed the improved transparency of this year’s aid budget and modest increases to funding for humanitarian emergencies.

But, she said, with record numbers of people forced from their homes through conflict and climate change, Australia should being doing a lot more.

“Overall, the cuts will still be damaging to Australia’s international reputation and to our long-term interests, especially at a time when many other developed nations are increasing aid budgets.”

CARE Australia is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. Donations to CARE’s Global Emergency Fund can be made at www.care.org.au.

Ryan Fritz

Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.

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