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Furthermore, consider this, by withdrawing our funding from

countries that are in desperate need of stability, we are essentially

encouraging refugees to flee these regions. So, either Abbot wasn’t

serious about his admittedly appalling promise to stop the boats, or

he just really hasn’t thought this one through.

Aside from the devastating impacts on others, what is truly tragic

is the fact that we are pulling a thin, threadbare blanket of safety

from those who need it most, to build a few Australian roads. When

did it become okay for us to balance the books on the backs of the

poor? Our shiny new roads come at the expense of people’s lives.

Abbot argues that ‘We can’t continue to fund a massive increase in

foreign aid at the expense of investment in the Australian economy,’’

and continues to demonstrate his obsession with our budget deficit.

But what our political leader glaringly fails to acknowledge, is the

fact that our economy is only struggling relative to itself, and our

budget deficit is the smallest in the OECD (Organisation for

Economic Co-operation and Development).

Furthermore, Tony; if Australia’s economy is really in such a

pickle, explain to me why it is that the Australian government has

already set aside $11 million dollars as an ‘initial grant’ for the 2018

Commonwealth Games, when we literally share the games with

people in developing countries who physically can’t run 100m

because they are malnourished and living in poverty? It’s simply

incorrect to argue that Australia doesn’t have the money to spend.

It’s more a question of where our skewed priorities are directing our

ample funds.

In defence of Abbot’s decision, many commentators reasonably

argue that much of Australian tax-payer money intended for foreign

aid does not reach the countries in need, and really, does little to

improve conditions in recipient countries. Let me be clear. It has

never been claimed that aid is a panacea for global poverty. We know,

and Australian tax-payers know, that aid has only ever been regarded

as part of the solution, along with many other strategies including

boosting trade, sensible macroeconomic policies and private sector


And the alleged corruption I mentioned, well let’s put that into

perspective. Over seven years of AusAID’s operation, only 0.017%

of Australia’s total foreign aid money was considered losses due to

fraud and corruption. That’s about $1.70 for every $10,000. Let’s

Cuts To

Foreign Aid?

What’s Going

On, Australia?