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Labor’s pledge to restore $224m aid budget cuts a ‘baby step’ in the right direction: ActionAid

ActionAid welcomes the announcement by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek, that Labor would restore the $224 million cut to the foreign aid budget, but calls on all parties to re-commit to contributing a modest 0.7% of GNI to the foreign aid program. The UK has recently achieved the target and we need to raise the level of our ambition.

ActionAid Australia Executive Director Archie Law said today:

“The ALP have made a welcome baby step in committing to restoring the 224 million cut to the foreign aid program in the Government’s latest budget. The Government’s relentless cuts over the past three years, however, have devastated the Australian aid program and far more needs to be done.

“We need to see a clear agenda from all parties to commit to reaching the very reasonable 0.7% of GNI foreign aid target as the UK have done. We are greatly alarmed by the silence from the Foreign Minister on the Coalition’s position in rebuilding the aid program.

“The welcome re-engagement from the ALP presents an opportunity to end the privatisation of aid initiated by the Coalition and increase support for communities rather than corporations. We need to abandon failed ‘trickle-down economics’ and enable women in low-income communities to make change happen.” 

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For further information and enquiries, contact:

Kieran Sobels, Media and Public Relations Officer, ActionAid Australia

e: kieran.sobels@actionaid.org ph: +614 885 563 96

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ActionAid Australia is a global justice organisation working to empower women to challenge injustice and inequality and claim their human rights.