Personally I don’t like starting up threads but I just finished responding to a post on the Foreign Aid Cut thread I reluctantly initiated (because there’s no politics thread) when it disappeared mid post.
I apologise for using this thread for this post but the thread title does fit the theme of the post which is a response to a recently posted comment.
By my count this is going to be the 4th savage cut to aid since the end of the bipartisan commitment to 0.5 of GDP.
Foreign Aid is the whipping boy because there’s no votes in it. It’s suffered greater percentage cuts than any other funding area, and by some distance- 25% of TOTAL budget cuts have come from aid according to Oxfam. We’re now down to 32 cents per hundred dollars of GDP and the proposed cuts will take us down to 22 cents per hundred dollars, the lowest figure in 60 years. https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/millennium-development-goals/campaign-for-australian-aid/australias-aid-effort/
By comparison Britain, which was hit hard by the GFC, gives 70 cents.
Yes, you can set up programs in Africa that help to save the sight of countless human beings but it doesn’t translate into electoral advantage apparently. A few press articles that few want to read and then it disappears and we prepare for the next cut.
What the ■■■■ is wrong with us that we don’t celebrate our capacity to help others less fortunate?
They are going to cut aid to Indonesia, that’s a given, the only exceptions are likely to be Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Nauru because of their role in the off shore detention policy, it’s nothing to do with need (although there is great need in those 3 nations, that’s why they were open to our bribery in the first place.)
A number of poor African nations have pleaded with us to reconsider the cuts but our relevant minister doesn’t want to respond.
Australia is a rich country, we can afford to give 50 cents for every hundred dollars of our GDP to our poorer neighbours. Britain does more and, Christ, look at the handouts to negative gearers and middle and upper class superannuantion that dwarf nearly all other budget items.
I know who I’d rather receive the help.
Gurge if you wish.