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Coalition aid cuts are hurting world’s most vulnerable

Australian Greens spokesperson for international aid and development Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Coalition's $11 billion cut to overseas aid is adversely impacting aid agencies.

"With 177 projects already cut from the aid budget, Australian overseas aid charities are rightfully anxious about the future of their work.

"Aid agencies such as ActionAid, World Vision, Plan Australia and Care Australia are being forced to withdraw or scale back many of their overseas assistance and development programs ahead of next month's budget.

"The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals asks developed countries to commit 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income to development assistance, in order to alleviate poverty and improve international stability. Britain has met their UN target through spending 0.72% of its GNI on overseas aid, and last month enshrined this commitment in law.

"While other countries belonging to the OECD's Development Assistance Committee have honoured their spending commitments, Australia's aid budget continues to suffer.

"Last month, Prime Minister Abbott dishonestly described the cuts to overseas aid as ‘modest'. In actual fact, the government has aimed to reduce aid spending by 20 percent before 2016-17. This reduction is far from modest - it is brutal.

"By slashing the overseas aid budget so drastically, the Coalition has shirked our global responsibilities, and left many living in developing countries worse off.

"The Greens are urging the government to reverse these cruel cuts immediately," said Senator Rhiannon.


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