THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
ANNA BURKE MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR CHISHOLM
CHISHOLM SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ABBOTT GOVERNMENT’S $7.6 BILLION OVERSEAS AID CUT
THURSDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2014
The Abbott Liberal Government’s $7.6 billion cut to overseas aid is a broken promise that will hurt the world’s poor.
Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, was in Chisholm today and addressed members of the local community about the cuts at a public forum in Blackburn.
“Tony Abbott made a pre-election promise to increase investment in overseas aid in line with the consumer price index,” Ms Plibersek said.
“Yet in his first Budget, he cut $7.6 billion from our aid contribution, including more than $110 million from aid to our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific.”
Federal Member for Chisholm, Anna Burke, said the Abbott Government’s cuts are hugely disappointing for the organisations and individuals supporting international development in our local community.
“There are 28,000 supporters including 990 businesses and 80 community and church groups who are active around international development issues,” Ms Burke said.
“The community understands just how much Australia’s investment in aid means to the world’s poorest people unlike the Abbott Government which knows the price of everything and the value of nothing,” Ms Burke said.
The Abbott Government said it would provide certainty on overseas aid, but all it has delivered is chaos, cuts, and broken promises.
In contrast, the former Labor Government nearly doubled the aid budget.