We're for australian aid
The 2015 Budget was announced in May, and the news wasn’t good for Australian Aid. The Government’s cuts mean that Australia is now one of the least generous developed nations in the world and the most selfish we’ve been in our proud history of international development.
You’re standing alongside supporters of other international relief and development charities to campaign for Australian Aid.
Richard Wainwright / Act for Peace
Australia’s aid program reaches millions of vulnerable people and communities around the globe. According to the Australian Council for International Development, in the last year alone Australia’s aid program enabled over 1.3 million more children to enrol in school, built more than 9,000 new classrooms, vaccinated more than 2.3 million children, gave 2.9 million people access to safe drinking water, and 1 million people access to basic sanitation – as well as responding to humanitarian crises in more than 20 countries.
While ordinary Australians continue to show their generosity to the world in the wake of the Nepal Earthquake and Cyclone in Vanuatu, our Government is moving to reduce Australian Aid to its lowest level in history.
Despite the life-saving difference it makes, over the last two years the Government has made the most significant cuts to aid in the history of our aid program. Since September 2013, projected aid expenditure has been reduced by more than $11 billion over five years. This year it will fall by 20% - the single biggest in-year cut to aid ever.
Aid has become an easy area for the Government to cut, being the source of more than a quarter of the Federal budget savings despite being only 1% of Federal expenditure. Next year, our aid budget as a share of national income will fall to just 22 cents in every $100. It puts at risk the progress we’ve made helping millions of people living in poor communities.
Act for Peace is a member of the Campaign for Australian Aid, a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions. The campaign is for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world.
Australian Aid is part of who we are as Australians. We’re the kind of people who believe in a fair go not just for ourselves, but for our neighbours too.
If you believe we can and should do more to end extreme poverty around the world, you can add your voice to the campaign for Australian Aid at www.actforpeace.org.au/aid
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