22 February, 2017

Speak up for 
Australian Aid

We elect our Federal representatives to champion our concerns in our nation’s Parliament… tell your Local Member that you care about Australian Aid!
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Australian Aid makes a world of difference! It frees families from extreme poverty, it saves lives and it educates children. Because of the aid program, Australia can provide emergency relief when disasters strike our global neighbours. Australian Aid is an important way that we can help to build a safer and more just world for all people to enjoy.

But our nation’s ability to continue this vital work has been frustrated by recent cuts to the Australian Aid Budget. We want to see Australia doing all it can to end poverty… but consecutive cuts to the Australian Aid program mean that our nation is now the least generous it has ever been.

Join us in calling on our nation’s leaders to reverse the Australian Aid cuts.

Tell your elected representative that you’re all for a generous and effective Australian Aid program, that you care about global justice issues, and that you want to see the nation doing all it can to end poverty.

Take action

Do you want to see Australia lead the way in generosity? Join us in calling on our nation’s leaders to take steps towards restoring the Australian Aid Budget.

Send your MP a direct message and tell them that you’re for Australian Aid!

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Your Message
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Congratulations on being elected to Australia’s 45th Federal Parliament. Thank you for your willingness to serve your nation through public office.

I’m writing to you because I care deeply about global poverty and our nation’s standing as a good global citizen. I want our nation to be one that can be proud of its efforts to build a more just and sustainable world.

I’m so encouraged by the progress we’ve seen when it comes to ending extreme poverty - the number of children dying before their fifth birthday has fallen by more than half since 1990, income poverty is down by more than 2/3rds, and 2.1 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation. I’m proud through our Aid program, Australia has been part of that story!

But I’m also deeply saddened by the successive cuts that we’ve seen to the Australian Aid program, which hamper our nation’s ability to contribute to this vital work. As a result of these cuts, we are now the least generous we’ve ever been when it comes to aid-giving – giving just 0.23% of our Gross National Income in overseas development assistance. This is less than a third of the international aid target, which nations like the United Kingdom continue to be committed to.

We are one of the wealthiest nations in the world, and despite the difficulties in balancing our budget, have one of the lowest levels of public debt amongst all aid giving nations.

I believe there is no excuse for us to balance our budget on the backs of people living in poverty. It saddens me to see Australia retreat from its responsibilities to the international community.

As the representative of me and my local community in Parliament, please use your voice to speak up for people living in poverty. Please use your voice to speak up for a ‘bigger Australia’, that takes its rightful place as a good global citizen, committed to a generous and effective aid program.

Kind regards,

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Why Aid?
Aid is one way rich nations like Australia help people around the world overcome poverty, and make the planet more just and sustainable for everyone.

Through Aid, rich nations like Australia can help people around the world end poverty.

Between 1990 and 2015, the number of children who died before their fifth birthday was more than halved. Falling from 12.7 million to 5.9 million. During the same time period, the number of mothers who died during childbirth and pregnancy declined by 45%. Aid works. And Australian Aid plays a part in this story!

But there still is so much more work to do.

836 million people still live in extreme poverty. And despite progress, 16,000 children still die every day from mostly preventable causes.

That is why, in September 2015, the world’s nations unanimously adopted the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. These goals represent a guide, a framework, and a global commitment to end extreme poverty. They aim to fight inequality and injustice and ensure environmental sustainability.

Our report ‘The Global Neighbour Index’ assesses Australia’s response to helping our least developed neighbours achieve these goals.