Labor Party takes step in the right direction on aid rebuild commitment

The ALP committed today to increasing Australian aid to internationally accepted levels, up to at least 0.5 per cent of GNI. This comes after successive governments slashed and then kept the aid budget at the lowest levels in Australian history. 

Australia’s largest humanitarian organisation, World Vision, welcomes any commitment to boosted aid and continues to call for a 10 per cent increase in aid budget for the next six years, to return it to similar levels of other prosperous countries. 

The following comments can be attributed to World Vision Australia chief executive, Ms Claire Rogers: 

  • “This announcement from the ALP is a very positive step. Now is the time for both major parties to be part of the solution. I hope that this is the start of a long overdue rebuild of the Australian aid budget.” 

  • “Humanitarian organisations have been urging our major political parties for years that doing our bit for the world’s most vulnerable is not just the right thing but also the smart thing.” 

  • “Generosity from a prosperous country like Australia towards communities that desperately need it shows leadership on the world stage and, as a spinoff, contributes to our own fortunes. Today’s aid recipients are tomorrow’s trading partners.”  



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Ruth Lamperd (News Editor), 

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PICTURE: The community Ginma lives in is part of World Vision’s Community Channels of Hope Project, which focuses on reducing gender-based violence. The project is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia.

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