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Abbott’s first broken promise: will it be cuts to foreign aid?

 

Yesterday's media announcement that opposition leader Tony Abbott was backing an $800 million cut from the foreign aid budget to pay for his personal tax zones in northern Australia is indecent and sends a shocking message to our Pacific and Asian neighbours. 

An $800 million cut if implemented would represent a 16 per cent reduction in Australia's annual aid budget. 

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Govt robs money from aid budget for failed refugee policy

The Gillard government's plans to cut foreign aid programs by about $400 million breaks Labor's commitment to increase the budget allocation for overseas development, Greens spokesperson on foreign aid Senator Lee Rhiannon said tonight.

"Cutting $400 million out of the aid budget to prop up Labor's failed refugee policy will take money away from education, health and other urgently needed projects in low-income countries", Senator Rhiannon said.

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Australian govt loan under fire for supporting destructive gas project in PNG

Australian Greens spokesperson for aid and development Senator Lee Rhiannon said that the Labor government's $500 million allocation to PNG's largest natural resource development is under a cloud following the release of a report that reveals contract favouritism to ExxonMobil and local corruption means few if any benefits will flow to ordinary people.

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