Take action on aid

31 July 2018

Topics: aid "Australian aid" budget "foreign aid" "Link 2018" poverty

Video:
Education is the most powerful tool we have to help communities to support themselves. Your gifts, together with Australian Aid, mean children in rural Pakistan, like Zarina, have access to quality education and a brighter future. Credit: CWS A/Act for Peace
In May, the Australian Government presented the Federal Budget. There were some positive outcomes for Australians, however it’s deeply concerning that the government has frozen its foreign aid budget, effectively turning its back on people in need around the world.

In real terms, the freeze in aid means a cut of $141.1 million over the next four years. That’s a lot less money for programs that are helping people to overcome the impact of conflict and disaster, and build a better life.

This budget lacks vision for a fairer world, and sadly, these cuts will have a devastating impact on people in some of the world’s poorest communities.

It means that around the world, effective long-term aid programs will be cut back. It means fewer children will be able to go to school; and vulnerable families will struggle even more to get food and basic medical care.

In the coming months, Australia’s major parties will meet to decide their aid election commitments. This is our chance to send a clear message that Australians want leadership on aid - but we must work together.

Email your MP now and demand leadership on aid.

How much does Australia give in foreign aid?

Australia spends less than 0.22% of our gross national income, or 22 cents in every $100, on Australian aid. Australia is one of the richest countries in the world, yet our aid budget reminas stuck at its lowest ever level.

Australian Aid is a small amount of our national budget, but it says so much about the type of nation that we are. As a country that believes in a fair go, we can do better than taking from the world's poorest to fund tax breaks for multinational corporations. 

As Australians, we must speak up for aid and a future where all of us have the chance to live with safety, justice and dignity. 
 

Video:
In global rankings of foreign aid, Australia continues to fall further behind other wealthy nations. The latest OECD report shows Australia has dropped from 17th to 19th in terms of relative generosity. As a wealthy country, we can support both a more generous aid program and our own citizens. Source: Development Policy Centre (Devpolicy), 2018

Demand leadership on aid 

In the coming months, Australia’s major parties will meet to decide their aid election commitments. This is our chance to send a clear message that Australians want leadership on aid - but we must work together.
 

Call on them to show leadership on Australian aid next election.  Together we can persuade our politicians to reverse the cuts and show big-hearted leadership on Australian aid.