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Reader riposte: Deferring aid growth

9 May 2012 14:10

Kate Grayson writes:

In a speech to the Micah Challenge Voices for Justice Signature Event, Canberra 21 June 2010, then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd stated:

'Prior to the last election I said we'd commit to 0.5 by 2015-16. That is a commitment from which I believe none of us can move. I thank the Leader of the Opposition and those who have preceded him in his position for committing them to that goal as well. It's really important, and so in the last two years our overseas development assistance contribution has gone from, I think, $3.1 billion to $4.3 billion as a result. The most recent budget — more than half a billion dollars more. We're on track to realise that 0.5 goal, and if you know where we started from, it's been a long distance to travel.

Every Finance Minister and every Treasurer of the country will rail against this. I don't think it's right to do that, and that's why we're on track to reach that. We know there is more to do.'

Given the announcement in the Budget 2012-13 to defer the Government's growth target by one year, from 2015-16 to 2016-17, the Gillard Government has moved from its promise and, as predicted by Mr Rudd, the Finance Minister and Treasurer have won.