Over the last few years, the Make Poverty History coalition have secured amazing and significant victories. Tireless campaigning and lobbying has seen a bipartisan commitment to doubling Australia’s aid program over the next few years.
This money could mean the difference between life and death for many living in extreme poverty in developing countries.
This year could be the most crucial point so far in our fight for foreign aid. We need our elected representatives to help defend Australia’s aid budget and to demonstrate their commitment at the 2011 Federal Budget on May 10th.
Join us in calling on Tasmanian's Senator Abetz and Senator Bushby to show their support for the giving of 0.5% in GNI by 2015.
I am concerned about a number of policies which have been proposed in the last few months that demonstrate that Australia's Foreign Aid commitment may be under threat.
Poverty will not be eradicated without an immediate increase in international aid and an improvement to how that aid is directed. More and better aid is needed to help end extreme poverty, enable every child to attend primary school, reduce child mortality rates, improve maternal health, create decent jobs and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Despite welcome commitments to increase aid, Australia can and should do more. In 2010, Australia ranked 16 out of 23 rich countries for the amount of aid given as a proportion of national income. We can and should do more. The Australian Government should join other rich countries by committing to a timetable for overseas aid as a proportion of Gross National Income of 0.7%.
We can and should do more which is why I am calling on you to support the Liberal's policy of giving 0.5% of GNI by 2015.
Thank you for your support of the Make Poverty History movement so far.