The Australian Government’s desperate gouging of the aid budget has created a lose-lose scenario that will cut vital programs helping some of the world’s poorest and also harm Australia’s interests, Oxfam said.
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The looming cuts to aid in next week’s Federal Budget pose a risk to the ability of aid agencies to prepare for and respond to disasters, Oxfam warned today.
The latest ranking of wealthy countries on their contributions to overseas aid puts Australia to shame, with the country dropping a place and set to fall further, Oxfam says.
The Government’s first annual report on the performance of the Australian Aid Program highlights why they must reverse cuts to the aid budget, Oxfam said today.
Oxfam has called on the Australian Government to rule out further raids on the aid budget that would diminish the fight against poverty and inequality, following speculation today that the aid budget might again be in the firing line for cuts.
Oxfam has today called on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to confirm there will be no further cuts to foreign aid, after suggestions the budget could be propped up by those already below the poverty line.
One of Afghanistan’s most senior police officers and a veteran women’s rights advocate have come to Australia to join forces with Oxfam to urge the Abbott Government not to desert Afghanistan’s women in their hour of need, with almost 90 percent of women and girls in the troubled country still suffering abuse.