Foreign Aid Cuts a National Disgrace

ACRATH Speaks Out

ChristineChristine Carolan, ACRATH National Project C0-ordinator, has made the following comments about cuts to foreign aid announced in the 2014 Federal Budget.  ‘Our aid budget funds among other things access to clean drinking water, education programmes for girls, and counter human trafficking initiatives in our South-east Asian region. These are essentials for some of the world’s poorest people, and yet they come and go at the whim of the Australian treasurer.  In ACRATH’s advocacy work in the past two years, we have called on the Australian government to commit to an aid budget of at least 0.7% of GNI by 2015-16. This was the vision of the global community when the UN developed the millennium development goals as our planet began the new millennium – we could eradicate extreme poverty by shouldering our responsibility to build a more just world.  And how does Australia shape up now, one year away from the 2015-16 target? At present, the foreign aid budget is 0.33% and will, after this budget, be 0.29% in 2017-18. This is a national disgrace. And it needs to be trumpeted in the media.’


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    • Jan Webb
    • On: June 8, 2014

    Good Morning

    I am the President of the Catholic Womens’ League
    State of Queensland. We are holding a Conference in Mackay on 8/9
    September. The theme of our Conference is “Living out God’s Dream”.

    After hearing of your work with human trafficking some years ago
    I have always wanted to know more, so I decided that this Conference would
    be a great place for you to share your experiences with the Catholic women
    of Queensland.

    If your members are not able to come we thought you may be able to give us the name
    of someone else who could replace you.

    Some money is available to cover expenses/stipend etc that we may to
    have to pay you to come. Please inform us as to the amount you would

    We look forward to your reply.

    Jan Webb
    President Catholic Women’s League Qld

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