THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
BOKO HARAM ATTACK IN NIGERIA
MONDAY, 12 JANUARY 2015
Labor is extremely disturbed by reports that as many as 2,000 people have been killed in Nigeria as part of the latest attack by listed terrorist organisation Boko Haram.
Reports suggest that many of the victims were children, women, and the elderly. News of this horrific incident follows a string of other attacks by Boko Haram, including the kidnapping last year of more than 200 girls from a Nigerian secondary school.
The Australian Government must condemn any such attacks in the strongest possible terms.
These terrible events underscore how important it is for Australia, and others, to help improve stability in the region - including through our overseas aid program.
That’s why it’s so disappointing that in just over a year the Abbott Government has cut more than $118 million from Australian aid to Sub-Saharan Africa.