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Labor to Rebuild Foreign Aid Commitments

Source: Susan Templeman MP, Member For Macquarie
Archived 12 May 2018 - Posted: 15 Mar 2018
Federal Member for Macquarie has welcomed the announcement that a Shorten Labor Government will rebuild Australia’s international development assistance program and increase aid investment beyond current levels.

Ms Templeman said the announcement will be supported by many groups in the Blue Mountains who have lobbied hard to see both the Coalition and Labor commit to higher levels of foreign aid.

“Traditionally there has been a bipartisan approach on foreign assistance,” Ms Templeman said.

“But the Abbott-Turnbull Government have overseen the slashing of $11 billion from the International Development Assistance Budget.

“Even if the Government won’t commit to finding additional funding for foreign aid, we are clear that Labor must.

“Not only do these cuts hurt people and communities abroad, but they are a source of international embarrassment for Australia,” Ms Templeman said.

“I recently met with representatives of the Kiribati Climate Action Network and the Kiribati Ministry of Education, and they urgently need Australia to be doing its fair share, yet their aid has been cut by $2.6 million.

“This is a country where every month the high tides regularly flood the schools and homes, climate change and rising sea levels are wreaking havoc.

“Kiribati may well become unliveable, even if it never goes under.

“This is not a country that has the resources to look after itself, and even if you don’t have a compassionate bone in your body, there are pragmatic reasons for taking steps to maintain stability and ideally prosperity in our wider Asia-Pacific region.”

 
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