Did anyone else think government spending was going down?

With all the hype about “budget repair” I had made the assumption that government spending was going down. Turns out I am wrong. At the same time that our government is demanding we slash and burn things like foreign aid, it is planning on spending $14...

Are we the world’s stingiest nation?

Never before has an Australian government made cuts to the international aid program like those made by the Abbott government. The argument goes that we can’t afford to borrow money in order to give it away. We first need to deal with our debt crisis, and then...
Julie Bishop’s tortuous logic on foreign aid

Julie Bishop’s tortuous logic on foreign aid

There it was again last night. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Channel 10’s The Project program offering up the Coalition’s tortuous logic on foreign aid: “We can’t borrow money from overseas, just to send back overseas again”. The 2014...

Tony Abbott, Aid and the National Interest

The Greens are currently running a campaign that declares “Tony Abbott has removed poverty reduction from the goals of the aid budget.” My politics lean more toward the Greens than the Coalition, but this campaign is outrageously misleading. This was the...

Selling Out the Poor for a Few Kilometres of Bitumen

Two days before the Federal election, the Coalition announced it would not go ahead with the $4.5 billion increases that had been planned for the aid budget  over the next three years. Treasurer elect, Joe Hockey, said that We can’t continue to fund a massive increase...

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