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Voters over-estimate Australia’s aid investment

Australians’ Budget Misconceptions Cloud Priorities

An Essential Research poll out today revealed 44% of people think the Government invests too much in Australian aid, however most people who say this also significantly overestimate how much we actually invest.

After the latest round of budget cuts aid will be at its lowest level ever at just 0.9% of total government expenditure.  However, many respondents thought the Government invests 5% or more of its budget in Australian aid. The majority of respondents (39%) who knew how much Australia invests in life-saving aid felt that this was not enough.

“This poll tells us that when people are well-informed about the true level of aid they are more likely to support an increase to aid.  We must do more to celebrate how small yet powerful Australian aid really is. It’s one of the best returns on investment in supporting peace, stability and future prosperity for everyone in our region,” said Tony Milne, Executive Officer of Make Poverty History.

“Our campaign is about celebrating the incredible difference Australian aid makes in ending extreme poverty and building a fairer future for all. Through Australian aid we have made a real difference in the lives of millions of men, women and children by removing barriers to their own development and independence. We’ve helped give people access to clean water, better health care and an opportunity for an education. It’s something all Australians should be immensely proud of,” Mr Milne said.

The $1bn cut to Australian aid this year makes us the least generous we have ever been. That’s not the kind of people we are and a movement of 61,000 passionate Australians have already signed on to support Australian aid since the campaign began in February.

Australian aid is about giving people living in poor communities a fair go because that’s what we do as Australians.


Media Contact:
Tony Milne – Phone: 0435 932 391
Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. The Campaign for Australian Aid is backed by over 60 partners across the Australian development sector.


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