A shocking $400 million could be cut from the annual Australian Aid budget, according to reports.
That would be on top of the $11.3 billion the Federal Government has already cut from Australian aid – a reduction of 30% in the aid budget.
These cuts have meant that organisations like The Fred Hollows Foundation aren’t able to help as many people, and puts more pressure on our generous donors.
It’s already hit our sight-restoring work. Previous cuts meant we had to cancel program work in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam that would have screened up to 20,000 people and restored sight to up to 2,300 people.
Australia’s aid spending is already at its lowest level ever – from every $100 of Gross National Income, Australia gives a mere 22 cents to Australian Aid, which is below the 50 cents both major parties agreed to reach by 2015 and far below the goal of 70 cents agreed decades ago by the international community.
We believe Australia can be more generous as a nation – and we know what Fred Hollows’ opinion would have been about it.
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Authorised by N Martin, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Sydney