THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
ONE YEAR OF THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT: A DISASTER FOR OVERSEAS AID
SUNDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2014
One year of the Abbott Government has been a disaster for Australia’s overseas aid program, with nothing but massive cuts and broken promises.
In his first Budget, Prime Minister Tony Abbott cut $7.6 billion from overseas aid, breaking his pre-election promise to increase investment in line with the Consumer Price Index.
Two days before the election, Mr Abbott promised:
“We will index the increase to the Consumer Price Index.”
COALITION ELECTION POLICY, 5 SEPTEMBER 2013
The $7.6 billion cut to overseas aid was the single biggest cut in the Budget.
And despite promising before the election to focus overseas aid on our region, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has cut $110 million from aid to the Asia-Pacific - in just one year alone.
On focusing overseas aid on our region:
“The Coalition will focus our…foreign aid activities on our region…”
JULIE BISHOP - ADDRESS TO THE ASIA SOCIETY AUSTRALIA - 23 MAY 2013
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