Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This makes me cross

The federal government has decided to shift up to $375 million dollars out of its foreign aid budget and put it towards the cost of supporting asylum seekers being processed in Australia.
The opposition pointed out that Australia had made itself the third largest recipient of its own aid - after Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
 How clever.  We'll give the aid back to ourselves.  Read the whole report here.

Do you know what the government is aiming to work towards as a foreign aid giving target?  0.5% of gross national income by 2016-17.  Less than one percent.  As a target.  In the future.  Maybe.

I can feel a letter to my local member coming on.

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