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A legislated aid framework to stop Bishop pick pocketing the world's poor

The Greens are calling on all parties to work together to develop a legislative framework for Australia's overseas aid spending to stop governments of the day from raiding the aid budget to cover their economic mismanagement.

"It is damaging for our relations with low income countries that successive Labor and Coalition governments have slashed overseas aid spending while they continue to state publicly that they support such programs" Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"To lock in the government and opposition's stated support for overseas aid it is time all parties worked together to enshrine this commitment in legislation.

"This year's foreign aid cuts already account for 21 per cent of the total Abbott government budget cuts, even though spending on aid is a tiny 1.22 per cent of Australia's total budget.

"Australian aid has been effective in reducing poverty in low income countries. But in recent years both parties have used the aid budget as an ATM and it is more than likely that under the Abbott government our measly 0.35 per cent of GDP commitment will be further reduced.

"Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands have all been meeting the Millennium Development Goal target of 0.7 per cent for many years. In 2013 Britain met the 0.7 per cent target.

"I look forward to working with all parties and my colleagues on the crossbench to plan for a legislative aid framework in 2015," said Senator Rhiannon.

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