International Aid & 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.

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Milne and Rhiannon Press Conference: Overseas Aid

07 May 2013

Senators Milne and Rhiannon held a press conference on the Greens overseas aid bill, the mining tax, Family Tax Benefit A, the public service and asylum seekers.

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Photos: Christine Milne and Lee Rhiannon launch aid bill in Canberra

07 May 2013

Photos from the launch of the Greens bill to increase overseas aid in Canberra on 7 May 2013.

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Lee takes the 'Live Below The Line' challenge

06 May 2013

For the next five days Lee will be living on $2 a day. It's part of a campaign called Live Below the Line that seeks to raise awareness about poverty in our region and raise funds for projects that will make a real difference to people’s lives.

 

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Australian Defence Force loses track of 65% of its Afghanistan military aid projects

23 Mar 2013

The Australian Greens have called for the Minister for Defence to inquire into why the Australian Defence Force has no information about 65% of the military aid projects it has funded in the Uruzgan province, why it does not evaluate them or know if they have been subject to attack.

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Australia should join Britain and commit to 0.7% GDP foreign aid spending

21 Mar 2013

The Gillard government should feel shame that it has fallen well behind a debt laden conservative British government who in yesterday's budget announced it will spend 0.7 percent of gross national income on foreign aid this year, says Australian Greens foreign aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

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Motion: Tuberculosis

21 Mar 2013

Senator Rhiannon moved a motion regarding World Tuberculosis Day and the Australian government's role in funding efforts to fight tuberculosis.

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Motion: Syrian crisis

21 Mar 2013

Senator Rhiannon and Senator Moore passed a motion through the Senate acknowledging the crisis in Syria and the role of Australian aid in helping with the situation.

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Labor and Coalition vote against protecting aid budget

14 Mar 2013

 

On a day when 1000 young people gathered outside the Australian Parliament to rally their elected representatives to commit to ending extreme poverty, it is disappointing that inside the parliament Labor and the Coalition voted against taking any firm action to do so.

 

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Lee Rhiannon in the Senate speaking about aid funding cuts

14 Mar 2013

Senator Rhiannon spoke in the Senate following Christine Milne's question to Bob Carr about the government's plans to cut money for aid.

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Christine Milne and Lee Rhiannon join Oaktree rally to end poverty

14 Mar 2013

"Hey hey ho ho poverty has got to go!" Over 1,000 young Australians converged at Parliament to launch the Roadtrip to End Poverty organised by the Oaktree Foundation. Christine and Lee joined the call on all politicians to commit to end poverty, with Christine telling the crowd to: "Go you young people - you're going to change the world!"

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