The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development
ABBOTT GOVERNMENT CUTS FUNDING TO GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA
Today, the Abbott Government started to show where the harsh axe will fall in their cuts to international aid funding.
In Washington DC, countries from around the world are currently gathered to pledge their financial support for the future work of the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
This year, the Australian contribution to the Global Fund is at the historic high of $100 million.
Today’s announcement cuts Australia’s contribution to $200 million over three years - an average of around $67 million per year.
Tony Abbott has failed to deliver the $375 million contribution expected of Australia to replenish the Global Fund – an international financing institution established to dramatically increase resources for the fight against the three pandemics.
The Abbott Government has fallen $175 million short on Australia’s contribution. Instead of the $125 million a year expected, the Abbott Government will only give about half.
The cut comes as countries on Australia’s doorstep continue to battle against the three pandemics.
The Abbott Government was forced to reveal the cut today following Labor’s calls to maintain Australia’s strong support for the Global Fund.
Australia has been associated with the Global Fund for many years, under both Labor and Coalition Governments.
3 DECEMBER 2013