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Articles on cuts to Australian Aid

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Australia aid cuts ‘jerk around’ Marshall Islands and hit development
The latest round of ‘reprioritised’ funding announced by Australian treasurer Joe Hockey has been roundly criticised by the Pacific nation’s foreign minister
Karl Mathiesen
January 8 2015

Breaking faith with foreign aid partners is unkindest cut
On top of the $7.6 billion in cuts to aid since it came into office, the Abbott government will take a further $3.7 billion out over the next four years.
Barbara Deutschmann
January 4, 2015

We stand at the cusp of a new year and look ahead with sorrow. Those most affected are the silent ones whose water and food supplies will remain precarious, whose babies will not be vaccinated and whose girls will not go to school. By 2017, Australia will drop from contributing 34¢ for every $100 of our national income, to 22¢. Our aid has never been so low. Other developed countries with higher debt levels than ours, have been holding their aid budgets to promised levels and some, like Britain, have even reached the UN agreed target of 70¢ per $100 of income.

The Australian Government’s Shortsighted View of Foreign Aid
Another round of cuts suggest Canberra is failing to see the long-term benefits of foreign aid.
By Michael Sheldrick and Akram Azimi
December 31, 2014

The problem with the aid-as-charity camp, populated by the Treasurer Joe Hockey and Prime Minister Abbott, is that it belies the fact that Australia is one of the most interconnected nations in the world. In their isolationist conception of Australia, the benefits of aid flow just one-way: out. As such, it is something done during the good days, when loose change is aplenty. And then when the sun sets on the boom times, charity must come to an end. The money should be repurposed and spent in Australia’s “own backyard.”

Australia cuts foreign aid in season of giving
Promises are broken as the Lucky Country drastically slashes aid to all the Unlucky Countries.
December 21, 2014

Could our government find the money for another disaster like the Boxing Day tsunami, which so galvanised the Australian public? Probably. But emergencies that don’t have the same care factor may find Australia less generous than ever. The opportunity to build relationships and our reputation will be lost. And, more importantly, so will lives.

Anniversary lesson: our generous response to the tsunami
The need for humanitarian aid is greater today than 10 years ago when the Boxing Day tsunami struck, but people are less generous.
Matt Wade
December 20, 2014

Australia’s response to the Indian Ocean tsunami was a humanitarian high point. But the swingeing cuts to foreign aid spending announced by Treasurer Joe Hockeyon Monday threaten to diminish our capacity to respond to major emergencies.

Fears foreign aid cuts will hurt the world’s most vulnerable women
Cuts to foreign aid have sparked fears among aid agencies that Australia will return to “truck and chuck” operations to the detriment of women who live in some of the world’s worst hotspots for physical and sexual abuse.
Nick Pedley
20 Dec, 2014

Julie Bishop and the empathy deficit
Michael Gordon
December 20, 2014

 …aid is likely to get more attention in the weeks ahead, as Bishop decides how the $1 billion cut for next year will be applied. In the words of Marc Purcell, executive director of the Australian Council for International Development, the peak body for aid and humanitarian agencies, she faces a “Sophie’s choice”.

“Does she target the 2.3 million children that the Australian aid program helped to vaccinate last year?” he asks. “Or the 10.2 million people it provided life-saving assistance to during times of crises? Or the 2.9 million people that gained access to safe drinking water, the 1.3 million children that were able to enrol in school or the 1 million people who were able to access sanitation? These are just some of the achievements of Australia’s aid program last year and they are all at risk with these cuts.

Foreign aid in razor gang’s sights as overseas budget cut
The Government’s razor gang has launched another raid on foreign aid, with today’s ­financial update to show a further $3.7 billion stripped from Australia’s overseas assistance budget.
Ellen Whinnett and Jessica Marszalek
December 15, 2004

Australia retreats from global challenges in hour of need
By Tim Costello and Brian Doolan
December 11, 2014

If a country like Australia won’t lead, who will? This isn’t just because of Australia’s wealth and our resourcefulness, but also because of who we are and the values we hold. In good times and bad, Australians have always put their hands up. We are willing to reach out, and we have long preferred openness over isolation in international affairs. Australians empathise with others who aspire to the things we enjoy, be that justice and democracy or simply a fair crack at a decent life.

‘Fair go, Joe': Billboard targets foreign aid cuts
Peggy Giakoumelos
December 9, 2014

It might be the season for giving, but there’s one present that’s unlikely to go down well with Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey. Charity groups are planning to raise enough money so that they can place a mobile billboard out the front of Joe Hockey’s North Sydney electoral office.

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