International Aid & Development

Lee is the Australian Greens spokesperson on international aid and development and has a long-standing interest in this area. Prior to working with the Greens, Lee co-founded and spent five years as the Director of AID/WATCH, dedicated to monitoring the social and environmental impact of Australia's overseas aid program.

In 2012 Labor and the Coalition walked away from a bipartisan commitment to increase overseas aid to 0.5 per cent of gross national income by 2015. Australia is playing the bad neighbour in a region with some of the highest rates of poverty and child malnutrition in the world.

The Greens believe that Australia, as a wealthy nation, has a responsibility to contribute our ‘fair share’ to poverty alleviation in less developed countries and devote 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income to overseas aid by 2015.

But there is much more to it than increasing the dollar amount spent on aid.

Lee is campaigning to ensure that Australia’s spending on aid is transparent and accountable and that projects are not harmful for local communities or the environment. The key purpose driving the Australian aid program should be alleviating poverty, not promoting our national political and commercial interests.

In 2012 Lee secured support for a Senate Inquiry into Australia’s aid program in Afghanistan. You can read more it here.

As part of this she uncovered the Defence Department wrongly categorised almost $190 million in military spending as foreign aid.

Lee is currently working on:

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Liberals join Labor in abandoning foreign aid commitment

09 May 2012

The government and opposition joined forces to vote down a Greens motion seeking to reaffirm the tripartite commitment to the target of at least 0.5% of gross national income going to overseas aid by 2015

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Audio: Foreign Aid Cuts in Budget

09 May 2012

Senator Rhiannon answered questions outside Parliament at doors regarding the government's broken promise on increasing the aid budget.

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Lee talks about aid cuts on 2SER's AidWorks

09 May 2012

Lee Rhiannon talked to Albion Harrison-Naish on the 2SER show 'AidWorks' about the aid budget and the government's decision to delay Australia's reaching of 0.5% of Gross National Income for the aid budget by one year and what implications this has.

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Government aid decision a mistake: Greens

08 May 2012

The Australian Greens say the government’s decision to defer the promised increase in overseas aid in this year’s budget is a serious mistake.

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Don’t want the PM to cut aid in next week’s Budget?

04 May 2012

Tweet the PM @JuliaGillard with the hashtag #dontcutaid and join the thousands who are telling the government to stand by its promise to increase foreign aid. If you’re not on Twitter, send the Prime Minister an email.

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Why Labor Needs To Honour Rudd's Word on Aid

04 May 2012

Cutting aid to our regional neighbours would be a bad look for Australia, says Greens Senator and foreign aid spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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Greens move to reaffirm tripartite commitment to overseas aid budget

02 May 2012

The Greens will move a motion in both houses of parliament next week seeking to reaffirm the tripartite commitment to the target of at least 0.5% of gross national income going to overseas aid by 2015

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Quarantine foreign aid budget from razor gang cuts: Greens

05 Apr 2012

Greens NSW Senator and overseas aid spokesperson Lee Rhiannon today called on the federal government to rule out any watering down of the Labor government's clear commitment to increase the aid budget.

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Carr can better Rudd on overseas aid

13 Mar 2012

Greens Senator and foreign aid spokesperson Lee Rhiannon today encouraged Australia’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator Bob Carr to become a strong voice for increased foreign aid funding and greater accountability of aid programs.

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Estimate adventures with a cameo Yes Minister appearance

05 Mar 2012

When I arrived in the federal parliament back in July 2011 I was told that the Estimates process was probably the best thing about the Senate. “Democracy in action” is how some describe this exhaustive process whereby Senators can ask endless questions of Ministers and senior public servants.

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