Viewing articles in Portfolio:

International Aid and Development

Filter Articles

Greens launch bill to increase overseas aid

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.

Costings from the Parliamentary Budget Office show that meeting this goal would cost $2.6 billion over the next four years - money that could be raised if Labor included gold in the mining tax.

Read more

Milne and Rhiannon Press Conference: Overseas Aid

CHRISTINE MILNE: Thank you very much for coming along today. I’m very pleased that Senator Rhiannon and I have been joined by a number of young people who do believe that there are people in the world who are entitled to a fair go, and that is the recipients of Australia's overseas aid programs. Australia is a rich country, we are very well off in the scheme of things and we can afford to pay our way when it comes to overseas aid.

Read more

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

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 ("Defence's build and forget line cops flak in Senate", SMH today http://tiny.cc/i08cuw). 

Read more

Motion: Syrian crisis

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:30): I, and also on behalf of Senator Moore, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) it is 2 years since violence erupted in Syria, an estimated 70 000 people have been killed and more than 1 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, with an estimated 2.5 million people displaced inside Syria and an estimated 4 million people requiring humanitarian assistance,

(ii) Syria's hospitals have been damaged with a third no longer functioning and there is a shortage of medicine,

Read more