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Quakers write to government over significant decline in DFAT funding
In this letter to the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader for the Greens, AYM Presiding Clerk Ann Zubrick urges a review of the budget for DFAT to ensure that it can undertake its historically vital role for Australia in the international scene.
Dear Prime Minister,
On behalf of Australian Quakers, I write to express deep concern at the decline in resources available for diplomatic work by Australia. A recent report by Asialink has shown that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has reached an all-time low in its funding – 1.3% of the Federal Budget. The level of overseas aid is also at its lowest level – 0.21% of GNI. This is at a time of many international crises that require careful and sustained work in building peace and security.
It is especially disturbing that DFAT continues to be subject to the ‘efficiency dividend’ policy of the Government, which ensures an ongoing reduction in real terms in the funds available.
Read the full letter here.
NOTE: The image used can be found on http://devpolicy.org/aidtracker/trends/, and shows the percentage of foreign aid in the 2019-20 federal budget.