Greens top of the class on aid while Labor and Liberal flunking

Posted on August 17, 2010 by


The Make Poverty History coalition has released a report card on the humanitarian and aid policies of the major Australian parties.

Simon Roz from the Make Poverty History campaign said that the purpose of the report card is to get ‘people to think about international development and aid to document what the major parties are doing.’

The results are as most would expect with the Greens at the top of class on commitments to aid and development and Labor and Liberal trailing behind.

The scorecard focused on five key areas:

1) Australia doing our fair share to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals
2) Further improvement of the focus and quality of Australia’s aid to meet the Millennium Development Goals
3) Taking a leadership position in the global fight against climate change
4) Ensuring food for all
5) Providing greater global leadership in development negotiations

The report divided these areas into 12 commitments. The Greens had the most concrete policy commitments while the ALP and Coalition had mostly partial or no commitments.

Mr. Roz said that results are a ‘mixed bag’ for all the parties.

The report card comes after a new Galaxy poll conducted on behalf of Make Poverty History found that 84 per cent
of people aged between 18 and 24 support Australia lifting Australia’s aid to the United Nations target of 0.7 percent of the Gross National Income (GNI).

Australia first made a commitment to spend 0.7 GNI on foreign aid in 1970. Australia is currently spends 0.33 of GNI on international development coming in at 16th in the world.

The report card can be viewed in full here

Do you support Australia increasing our GNI to 0.7 per cent? How much will humanitarian and international development issues affect your vote?

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