THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
THE HON MATT THISTLETHWAITE MP
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR IMMIGRATION
MEMBER FOR KINGSFORD SMITH
ABBOTT GOVERNMENT MUST RULE OUT MORE CUTS TO OVERSEAS AID AND AUSTRALIA’S DIPLOMATIC SERVICE
16 JULY 2014
I call on the Abbott Government to immediately rule out more cuts to overseas aid and Australia’s diplomatic service following the Treasurer’s announcement that he is looking for further cuts to rescue his unfair, chaotic Budget.
The $7.6 billion cut to aid was the single biggest in the Abbott Government’s first Budget.
The Abbott Government’s cut to aid has already hit some of the world’s poorest nations hard, including countries in Australia’s own backyard.
Our aid program helps to enhance global prosperity, and Australia's own security. The Abbott Government's cuts put both at risk.
Mr Abbott’s $400 million cut to our diplomatic service seriously jeopardises Australia’s influence on the international stage.
Labor will continue to fight this unfair, chaotic Budget.
Now, if the Senate chooses to block savings initiatives, then we need to look at other savings initiatives that may not require legislation and I would ask the Greens and the Labor Party who between them hold 35 votes on the floor of the Senate - to understand that there are alternatives for a Government.
JOE HOCKEY – AM PROGRAM – 16 JULY 2014