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Petitioning Federal Member for Dickson & Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing Peter Dutton M.P and 3 others

Tell Queensland Politicians to continue to support the current bipartisan agreement on foreign aid.

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Tell Queensland Politicians to continue to support the current bipartisan agreement on foreign aid.

This petition of concerned citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the Members of Parliament and the Senator mentioned: the Coalition’s commitment to the bipartisan agreement of 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) to be allocated as Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) by 2015.

Australia currently allocates 0.33% of its Gross National Income (2008/09) in Overseas Development Assistance (ODA).

The current bipartisan commitment is to lift ODA to 0.5% by 2015 in order to contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Recently, there has been political discussion on redirecting funds from foreign aid .The Coalition has led these discussions and has recently showed signs of backing out of the agreement. If this occurs, it increases the chance of the commitment being dismantled altogether by both parties.

This must not be allowed to take place as Australia’s ODA program is vital in continuing to achieve the aims of the MDGs.

We ask the Members of Parliament and the Senator mentioned to continue to demonstrate to the public that they support the current agreement by:

• Raising the issue in a party meeting;

• Talking about the issue with their colleagues in the party;

• Asking the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, or the Treasurer, Joe Hockey, to make a public statement verifying their party’s commitment to the bipartisan agreement

Letter to
Federal Member for Dickson & Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing Peter Dutton M.P
Senator for Queensland and Shadow Minister for Universities and Research Senator the Hon. Brett Mason
Liberal National Member for Bonner Ross Vasta M.P
and 1 other
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen M.P
I am writing to thank you for your continuing support of the bipartisan commitment to increase our foreign aid budget to 0.5% of the GNP by 2015.

Our foreign aid budget is imperative in allowing our nation to meet our pledge in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals. The commitment to the Millennium Development Goals was made by John Howard at the United Nations’ Millennium Summit in September 2000. These Goals remain vital to improving the health, education and mortality rates of millions of people living in developing nations.

The Coalition has repeatedly pledged its commitment to increase aid to 0.5% of the GNP by 2015. As Tony Abbott declared in February 2010, “The Coalition has no plans to cut the foreign aid budget”.
I appreciate that there have been changes in the political environment since that time, both nationally and internationally. However, with such acknowledgement, I hope this letter reminds you that the bipartisan commitment to foreign aid originally pledged is something many constituents within your electorate hold dearly.

In the spirit of mateship and decency to our foreign neighbours, Australia and its leaders must contribute to achieving the Eight Millennium Development Goals. A key component to this success is ensuring the Coalition’s strong commitment to the current bipartisan agreement of 0.5% of Australia’s GNP to foreign aid is maintained.

I urge you and your colleagues to re-affirm the Coalition's current commitment to growing Australia's foreign aid program. I ask you to continue to demonstrate to the public that you support the current agreement by:
• Raising the issue in a party meeting;
• Talking about the issue with your colleagues in the party;
• Asking the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, or the Treasurer, Joe Hockey, to make a public statement verifying your party’s commitment to the bipartisan agreement.

Furthermore, I encourage you and the Coalition to take the lead on this issue by furthering your commitment to a pledge of 0.7 per cent of our national income towards foreign aid by 2015.

Thank you for your time.