14 June 2016
Your move Coalition!
The Australian Greens Party has joined a chorus of political voices speaking up for Australian aid with an announcement they will increase aid to 0.7% of GNI over the coming decade.
“We welcome the Australian Greens policy of increasing aid to 0.7% of GNI by 2025-26 and urge them to implement the policy if they are in a position to do so,” said Director of the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne. “Labor and the Greens have now both announced policies to increase aid. Your move Coalition!”
Mr Milne said it’s now the Coalition Government’s turn to announce that they will stop shirking their responsibility to help those in extreme poverty.
“The Coalition Government has cut aid to its lowest level ever as a share of national income. Aid organisations and the people they support have already felt the impact of Julie Bishop’s cuts. Plan Australia’s programs to stop girls being forced into child marriage in Indonesia have been cancelled,” he said.
“Fewer girls are getting an education. Fewer babies are being screened for preventable blindness and less children have access to vaccinations for polio and malaria. There is less support for women who have survived violence. Australia can do better. It’s time to be a good global citizen.”
Mr Milne added: “We are not just a global economy, we’re a global community and people around the globe are working together towards building a fairer world. Australian aid is the contribution Australians make towards ensuring those in the poorest parts of the world live a free, happy and healthy life.”
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 Australia 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. Authorised by Tony Milne, 1/4 Solwood Ln, Blackburn VIC.