Major Parties Must Back Aid Pledge With Funding Timetable

15 Jun, 2016

The two major parties must back their commitments to an effective Australian aid program with a timetable to reach their aid funding policy target, Australian Council for International Development’s (ACFID) CEO Marc Purcell said today.
“In response to ACFID’s 10 questions on aid policy, four political parties across the political spectrum have told us they support an effective and expanded Australian aid program,” Mr Purcell said.
“The Liberal, Labor, Australian Greens and Family First parties all agreed aid funding must rise, but they differ markedly on how they would approach this.
“The two major parties’ policy for the past decade has been to provide 0.5% of gross national income (GNI) to the aid program as part of their effort to reach the UN goal for of 0.7% GNI.
“As only two parties who can form government in their own right, ACFID calls on the Liberal and Labor parties to commit to a timetable for aid funding increases,” Mr Purcell said.
“Past Labor and Liberal governments have repeatedly made international commitments to provide 0.7% GNI in aid funding to help eradicate poverty. It is for this reason that it is important to make time bound commitments that meet that responsibility.
Mr Purcell said, ACFID was “pleased to see that all four parties are committed to robust transparency around aid expenditure and increase humanitarian funding.
“A clear commitment by the Liberals, Labor and the Greens to gender equality as an aid program priority will be well received by the Australian aid community,” he added.
ACFID has put together a comparative table with a summary of the parties’ responses to ACFID’s 10 questions and our 2016 Election Platform.
We’ve also uploaded the full party responses to our website and have encouraged our member agencies to analyse them: Liberal Party; Labor Party; The Greens; Family First.
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