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Labor’s aid commitment far too weak

Greens spokesperson for international aid and development Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“Labor’s plan to rebuild our devastated overseas aid budget is to reverse the latest Turnbull cut. That is their entire proposal.

“Today they are falling over themselves to confirm they will retain massive aid cuts under the Liberal National government, after Morrison accused them of having a budget ‘black hole’. 

“In 2011 Labor and the Coalition voted for a Greens motion to increase overseas aid to 0.5% of GNI by 2015. Both parties walked away from that deal and we have lost $5.8 billion under Labor and $11.3 billion under the Coalition.

“Our aid budget has had billions of dollars ripped out of it and urgently needs restoring. Small, election-time promises will not do the job. 

“We need parties to stick to bipartisan agreements and we need strong long term goals. 

“We also need to make sure our aid is targeted properly. When in government, Labor labelled hundreds of millions of dollars spent on their offshore detention regime as 'aid'. And this year Turnbull pickpocketed $500 million from the aid budget to put towards his woeful Paris climate commitment.

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