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  • Alex Wok

Foreign Aid


  • Australian foreign aid is currently at an all time low of 0.22% of Gross National Income (GNI).

  • Since a 1970 General Assembly decision, Australia has been under an international obligation to secure an aid budget of 0.7% GNI, a standard which has been met by countries such as the UK.

  • The vast majority of Australian foreign aid (90.1%) is directed towards our region, the Indo-Pacific, the largest benefactor being Papua New Guinea.

  • The Liberal government recently put a temporary freeze on foreign aid that will save it more than $300 million over the next few years.


What should Australia's

foreign aid contributions be?


  1. ABC; 'Australia should fund foreign aid. Here's why.'

  2. The Guardian; 'Why Australia's new PM should rethink foreign aid cuts'

  3. DevPolicy.org; 'War and peace: comparing Australian defence and aid spending'

  4. Crikey 'Why cutting foreign aid (again) is such a terrible idea'

  5. The Australian; 'Foreign aid boost for spy agencies'

  6. SMH; 'Australia's foreign aid is largely wasted because of corruption, says documentary maker Antony Loewenstein'

  7. The Australian; 'Why foreign aid won't eliminate poverty'

  8. Forbes; 'Angus Deaton's Arguments Against Foreign Aid'