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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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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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Day 1 LBTL: Talking to APHEDA about aid projects

07 May 2013

Lee is participating in a campaign called 'Live Below the Line' that seeks to raise awareness about extreme poverty and raise funds for projects that will make a real difference to people's lives.

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Greens launch bill to increase overseas aid

07 May 2013

The Australian Greens today 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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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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