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Abbott’s overseas aid plan: an act of betrayal

Greens overseas aid and development spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said the Coalition’s plan to absorb AusAID into DFAT is an arrogant move and a slap in the face to the 85% of Australians that support overseas aid.

“The new Prime Minister has sent a clear signal – Australia is selfish, and even though we are one of the wealthiest countries in the world, we are not going to bear our ethical and humanitarian responsibility to alleviate global poverty.

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Coalition breaks promise – adopts selfish overseas aid cuts

Responding to the Coalition’s planned $4.5 billion cut to the overseas aid budget, Greens aid and development spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said this was a cruel policy towards the world’s poor and represents a broken commitment.

“The Coalition’s proposed aid cuts make Australia a selfish neighbour to countries in the Asia Pacific region,” Senator Rhiannon said.

 “Cutting the overseas aid budget by $4.5 billion over four years will limit the effectiveness of many of Australia’s outstanding aid and development programs.

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Greens welcome aid groups’ election plan

Welcoming the “Improve Australia’s Aid” plan issued today, Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon called on Labor and the Coalition to use this blue print to refocus Australian aid on the key purpose of overcoming poverty. 

“Australia’s peak aid group, ACFID, have produced a timely set of proposals on the purpose of aid, funding levels and accountability that should receive cross party support,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Labor's claim on aid lacks credibility

Please see comment from Australian Greens spokesperson for overseas aid Senator Lee Rhiannon about Labor's economic update. 

Senator Rhiannon said: “Labor’s  claim that it will meet the target of 0.5 per cent of gross national income by 2017-18 lacks credibility, after today’s announcement to slash the aid budget by $879 million, and its numerous failures to meet previous promised targets.

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