4 February 2016
Campaign for Australian Aid says Syria funding demonstrates need to repair the Australian Aid budget
The Campaign for Australian Aid has welcomed today’s announcement of an extra $25 million in aid to Syria as a positive step.
“While we applaud Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s announcement, we must highlight that this amount of funding for the Syrian crisis is far less than Australia’s fair share,” said the Campaign Director for the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne.
“Additionally, it raises serious concerns about the capacity of Australia’s emergency relief fund considering the Australian Aid Program only has $120 million in reserve to respond to humanitarian crises around the world each year.”
Mr Milne added that after $11.3 billion of cuts to current and future aid spending over the last few years, it is time for the Australian Government to begin repairing the aid budget by announcing that it will not go ahead with the $224 million cut scheduled in this year’s budget.
“This proposed cut will take Australia’s aid program to its lowest level in our nation’s history,” said Mr Mine.
If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133.
About Campaign for Australian Aid
The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups.