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Budget callout on overseas aid – show some decency, reverse the cuts

On the eve of the 2016 budget the Greens have renewed their call for the Turnbull government to reverse the Abbott era cuts to overseas aid and to restore some common decency and humanity to our overseas aid commitment.

"The overseas aid cuts in the last budget were so extreme. They have brought hardship and possible death to many people in low income countries and they undermine Australia's international standing," Greens overseas aid and development spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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We need more than a Band-Aid approach to help Pacific neighbours with extreme weather

Responding to the devastation Cyclone Winston brought to Fiji, the Greens have called for more humanitarian assistance for Fiji, an overall increase in aid funding and programs to rapidly decrease greenhouse gas emissions. 

‘While the $5 million aid package for Fiji announced by the Turnbull government is a start the level of devastation warrants  an injection of more aid funds to assist with food packages and emergency supplies that are desperately need,’ Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Turnbull plunders overseas aid budget - more essential programs to be cut

News that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will plunder Australia's aid budget to pay for overseas climate action creates a credibility gap for the PM and will result in increased hardship when aid programs are cut, Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"Prime Minister Turnbull's $1 billion fund for climate programs in low income countries will come from cutting back essential programs in those same countries possibly resulting in health, education and sanitation projects being wound up," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Turnbull warned on overseas aid – use MYEFO to restore funding, end Abbott era cuts

Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has warned that if the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook fails to restore funding to Australia’s overseas aid budget Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government will cause further damage to our standing with Pacific and Asian neighbours. 

‘The Prime Minister needs to be a champion of overseas aid and his leadership should start with a plan to restore funding for health, education and sanitation programs in low income countries in next week’s MYEFO statement,’ Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Prime Minister Turnbull a two-faced friend to Pacific nations

Prime Minister Turnbull’s pledge of $1 billion over five years to combat climate change is not only inadequate but it is also dishonest, Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

‘Mr Turnbull is ripping this money out of an already decimated aid budget,’ Senator Rhiannon said.

‘The money promised by the Prime Minister has previously been allocated. He is double dipping. 

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Greens call on Shorten to back Pacific development for people before Australian companies

Greens overseas aid and development spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on opposition leader Bill Shorten to use his Pacific trip to commit a future Labor government to scrapping the PACER-Plus agreement as it does not meet social and environmental standards for regional development.

"Mr Shorten can practice what Labor preaches on this visit by refusing to support weak regional agreements that promotes development detrimental to local communities," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens call for immediate reversal of aid cuts to NGO Cooperation Program

Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Turnbull government to move quickly to restore aid funding to the Fred Hollows Foundation and other non-government aid groups to ensure people in low income countries do not miss out on vital care and assistance.

"The Lateline report on critical programs run by the Fred Hollows Foundation that restore the sight of young children should be a wakeup call to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to restore funding to the Australian NGO Cooperation Program," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens announce commitment to 0.7% GNI aid target by 2025

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale joined Greens spokesperson for international aid and development Senator Lee Rhiannon today to announce the Greens plans to fund international development.

“Australia’s foreign aid budget should be 0.7% of Gross National Income, and today the Greens are proud to announce an election commitment to achieve that by 2025,” said Senator Di Natale.

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