Treasurer Joe Hockey’s budget last night knocked another $3.7 billion off our aid budget over the next four years, on top of the $7.6 billion over 5 years from his last budget.
World Vision CEO, Tim Costello said “The Abbott-Hockey Government has destroyed our aid program to Africa. So many countries in Africa still have such massive and immediate needs in basic health and primary education – I don’t understand how we can decide that it is OK.”
No amount of explanation can justify this; we are becoming a mean country. Even if this is the Government’s decision, we Australians have become collateral damage. How can we watch as the world suffers and not feel guilt? It’s time for us; as organisations, corporations and individuals to put our shoulders to the wheel.
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