In a few days’ time, the Government will present the federal budget, and there is a risk that they may walk away from an election commitment to lift the levels of Australian aid spending.
Add your voice to that of IWDA ED Joanna Hayter, President Mary Hawkins and a host of other prominent Australians as we ask to keep the Government accountable to its promise to increase the international aid budget.
Australia needs to increase our aid spending so that we can fully contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which aim to halve global poverty by 2015.
The Australian Council for International Development, the peak body for aid charities, has released an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on her to ensure next week’s budget keeps Australia’s promise. Along with Joanna Hayter and Mary Hawkins, the signatories include 2012 Australian of the Year Geoffrey Rush, actors Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, entertainers The Wiggles, Jimmy Barnes, Missy Higgins, Jamie Durie and Clare Bowditch, former Prime Minister the Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH, ACTU President Ged Kearney and former Masterchef winner Julie Goodwin.
Prominent business leaders have thrown their support behind the letter, including 2011 Australian of the Year Simon McKeon, Harold Mitchell AC, CEO of Yahoo7 Rohan Lund, Managing Director and CEO of Macquarie Bank Greg Ward, Executive Director of Telstra Rebekah O’Flaherty, Managing Director of KPI Consulting John Stewart and Group Executive for Qantas Lesley Grant.
The nation’s church leaders are also on board, with leaders from across denominations concerned about the effects of Australia backing away from our commitment to aid.
Please visit the Make Poverty History website to add your name to the open letter to the Prime Minister. You can also use their tool to send a tweet directly to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan.