29 May 2017
Government pledges additional $19.3m in humanitarian assistance towards famine
The Australian Government has today announced it will provide an additional $19.3m in humanitarian assistance to people at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya.
“The Campaign for Australian Aid welcomes this announcement. We’ve seen the Government strip the aid budget to its bare bones recently and have been campaigning for more funding towards what is the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II,” said the Director for the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne.
“We want to thank the 31,176 people who have signed our petition to Julie Bishop to increase aid for East Africa’s deadly famine by at least $20 million, and we acknowledge Julie Bishop for responding.
“While we welcome this much needed contribution and our Government in recognising that the potential of an entire generation is at risk, more needs to be done to avert a humanitarian crisis, including in Yemen and Somalia.”
Mr Milne added: “With such crises taking place around the world, the Government continues to raid the Australian aid budget with a further $303.3m to be cut over the next four years.
“We must continue to raise our voices and do whatever we can to ensure everyone has an equal right to living a happy and healthy life. No one in Australia or in our world should live in poverty when we have the resources to ensure everyone can flourish.”
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.