International Aid and Development

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 contrast, 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. Both Labor and the Coalition have made drastic cuts to the aid budget: $5.8 billion under Labor and $11.3 billion under the Coalition.

The Greens are working with aid and social justice groups to find a legislative solution to this problem and prevent further cuts.

Under Julie Bishop, the Coalition has also refocussed aid funding to be about ‘economic diplomacy’; the idea that aid should be used in countries that are strategically important to our own economic interests.

The Greens are 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.


Second reading speech: Overseas Aid (Millenium Development Goals) Bill

26 Jun 2013

This is Lee's second reading speech introducing the Greens bill for more and better aid, the Overseas Aid (Millenium Development Goals) Bill 2013


Motion: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

26 Jun 2013

Senator Rhiannon moved that the Senate note Australia's support for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, in particular its work in the Asia Pacific.


Motion: Small-scale food producers

24 Jun 2013

Senator Rhiannon moved to recognise Oxfam's recent report on the importance of small-scale food producers.


Carr pushes trade with Burma while regime still uses child soldiers

29 May 2013

"The rush to open Burma for business has eroded the leverage for reform, allowing the army to continue to dominate the political system and trample human rights. The Australian Government must reconsider its enthusiasm for cutting deals with a dictatorship," said Senator Scott Ludlam.


Aid in Afghanistan report released: militarised aid problematic

16 May 2013

A Greens initiated inquiry into Australia’s aid program in Afghanistan has revealed significant concerns about the miltarisation of aid delivered by the Defence Force, particularly in the Uruzgan Province, spent with an eye to win ‘hearts and minds’ rather than make a real difference to the lives of Afghan people.


Senate Inquiry: The administration, management and objective of Australia's overseas development programs in Afghanistan in the context of the 'Transition Decade'

16 May 2013

Senate Inquiry: The administration, management and objective of Australia's overseas development programs in Afghanistan in the context of the 'Transition Decade'

Additional Comments - Overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon for the Australian Greens




The Ponheary Ly Foundation's Movie Fundraiser

13 Jun 2013 | 6:30 pm

Senator Penny Wright to attend the Ponheary Ly Foundation's Great Gatsby Fundraiser on Thursday 13 June.


The Aid Budget Is Not An ATM

16 May 2013

The Gillard Government slashed foreign aid in the Budget, including diverting funds to pay for immigration detention, writes Greens spokesperson for international aid Lee Rhiannon


Carr fails to protect aid budget from cuts

13 May 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr's has walked away from a promise to keep aid increases on track, said Greens spokesperson for overseas aid Lee Rhiannon following confirmation that the aid will be targeted in tomorrow's budget and that aid money will continue to be diverted to pay for onshore asylum-seeker costs.



Day 2 LBTL: Greens launch new International Aid and Dev bill

08 May 2013

The Australian Greens have launched a bill setting out a clear timeline to ensure Australia stops chipping away at the aid budget and meets the global target to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid by 2020.

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