Supporting Australian Aid and a fairer world

Australians and people all over the world are working together so that everyone has the same opportunity to live a free, happy and healthy life. Australian aid is the contribution Australians make to a fairer and more equal world for everyone.

This Saturday, support a fairer world and Australian Aid.

Our independent scorecard.

We have produced a scorecard that outlines where various parties* stand on aid.

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Australian Labor Party

The ALP has committed to reversing the 2016– 17 Federal Budget cut of $224 million to the aid program. The ALP also committed $450 million over three years for UNHCR and $40 million a year from 2017–18 for Australian NGOs. The ALP is committed to reaching at least 0.5% GNI aid funding ‘over time’.

Liberal & National Party

In the current term the Coalition cut $11.3 billion from the aid budget. Aid dropped to its lowest level ever this year. The Liberal Party will not commit to a time-bound target “until the Federal Budget is back on sustainable footing and Australia is in a fiscally strong position”. The Liberal Party has committed to index the aid budget to CPI from 2017–18, which means aid will continue to decline as a percentage of GNI.

The Greens

The Greens have committed to reaching 0.7% GNI for Australian aid over the next decade. This policy has been costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office at $7.97 billion additional funding over the forward estimates.

The Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democratic Party believes that aid to foreign countries by the Australian government, other than short term humanitarian relief following natural disasters, should cease. Donations by private individuals to foreign aid projects should neither be encouraged nor discouraged by the government.

Nick Xenophon Team

Nick Xenophon Team wants to restore the $7.6 billion of aid funding cut by the Australian government in the 2014 budget. NXT also has a commitment to work towards a foreign aid budget that represents 0.7% of Gross National Income, in line with Australia’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development goals.

Jacqui Lambie Network

Last year the Jacqui Lambie Network announced a policy to cut $25 billion from aid over the next 10 years to help boost federal government investment in Higher Education. More recently the Jacqui Lambie Network announced a policy to cut the aid budget by $25 billion over the next 10 years to support pensioners. These cuts combined are much more than the aid budget.

Family First

Family First believes Australia must set a target and commit to reaching 0.7% GNI funding for the aid program.

Andrew Wilkie (Independent)

Andrew Wilkie supports an increase to at least 0.7% of gross national income to overseas aid

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*We have listed parties represented in the Federal Parliament who have a position on aid on the public record.

 

This campaign is backed by Australia's aid & development groups

Business for Development is for Australian Aid VGen is for Australian Aid Australian Conservation Foundation is for Australian Aid
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