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Legislation needed to stop politicians pickpocketing Australia's aid budget: Greens

The Greens are again calling on all parties to work together to develop a legislative framework for Australia's overseas aid spending after the Abbott Government cut a further $3.7 billion from the aid budget as part of the MYEFO mini budget update.

"The Abbott government has taken robbing the aid budget to fund their own domestic policies to the next level of cruelty, with total cuts by his government now around the $11 billion figure," Acting Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP said.

"The UK has already introduced legislation enshrining their level of foreign aid. We need this type of framework to stop the government of the day pickpocketing the foreign aid budget at their will."

"The Abbott government has made the biggest ever cut to the aid budget. Our foreign aid funding in relation to Gross National Income is now the lowest it's ever been - a paltry 0.23%."

"The government has underestimated the goodwill of the Australian people. There are tens of thousands of Australians who are committed to Australia pulling its weight in the international effort to eradicate poverty who will not sit idly by and let the government shelve our responsibility to the world's poorest."

"The Greens look forward to working with all parties to achieve a legislative aid framework in 2015."

Media contact: Adam Pulford, 0429 109 054


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