It’s Our Moral Duty to Redirect the Foreign Aid Budget

Australia spends around $4 billion a year on foreign aid. While activists like the greens say that Australian taxes are well spent overseas, the reality is Australians deserve this assistance first.

Supporters of foreign aid say that it is money that is better spent in poorer countries compared to being spent in Australia. However, voters don’t need to look far to see examples of foreign aid being sent to under-developed countries only to be rorted by their governments.

What overseas governments do with their money should make Australians question if they really need our aid. Corruption, questionable government purchases and lacking transparency of some organisations that receive aid means Australian aid doesn’t even make it to the people it was meant for.

In early 2018, Indonesia took delivery of 8 Apache attack helicopters. In the 2017/18 year, Australia delivered over $350 million in aid to Indonesia. The cost of the attack helicopters? Over $400 million.

Australia sends $550 million each year to Papua New Guinea. In late 2018, it was discovered that the PNG Government would be buying 40 Maserati cars to cater for delegates to their upcoming APEC summit.

Not deterred by worldwide backlash to this, a week later the PNG Government added three Bentley limousines to their fleet, worth over $320,000 each. This revelation came at the same time it was revealed Australia was providing an extra $130 million in additional aid just to help PNG host APEC.

Whenever Australian taxes are being sent overseas, someone will be abusing Australia’s generosity.

Even if every dollar of the foreign aid budget made it to the people it was intended, Australians have always believed charity starts at home.

While $4 billion a year wouldn’t fix all of Australia’s problems, it could certainly help pensioners, returned service personnel and the estimated 116,000 homeless across our country. These are the people, Australians, that the government needs to look after first.

Australia is also a country that is constantly rocked by natural disasters. Only earlier in 2019, North Queensland was suffering some of the worst floods in decades, New South Wales was in 100% drought and Tasmania suffered through historically catastrophic bushfires, all at the same time.

Don’t Australians affected by disasters deserve all the assistance the government can give over sending aid overseas?

The latest costing on the Bradfield Scheme to drought proof huge areas of inland Australia by capturing floodwater from North Queensland, which One Nation is committed to, would be covered with just two years of diverted foreign aid funding.

The flow on effects of a nation building project such as this are almost incalculable. Water is the most essential resource to functioning a country and the country could be building it. Instead, politicians feel that money is better sent overseas.

As Australians it is our duty to look after our own backyard before trying to fix the world. This is why politicians must commit to redirecting our foreign aid budget to Australians first.

7 replies
  1. Ian
    Ian says:

    Thank you again Pauline for exposing secret deals with outside countries using Australian tax payers money choppers lashy cars and to Indonesia the biggest muslims country in the world they think of us as you know white dogs what’s going on here.This is as bad as UK giving soon 39 Billion quid to the EU with Germany in charge our enemies WW1 AND WW2 and they are building a Euro Army,Navy and Air Force the world’s gone mad,Insaine. These Career Politician are in it for themselves as you have said they are our servants are to do the will of the people Australia like UK need a new system we need Politicians like yourself who listen and do the will of the people.I support the the working class in the old days but Labour is no longer for us so since in history Oliver Cromwell,Winston Churchill and Maggie were true leaders Morrison and shorten are back stabbers who can trust them.

  2. Robyn
    Robyn says:

    Oh bloody hell! That’s just sent my blood pressure up a few notches. The major parties don’t keep the average Joe in the information loop and that in itself is a major problem . I too agree with Pauline, charity begins at home.

  3. Andy Kerr
    Andy Kerr says:

    I am going to vote for you Pauline as I see nothing coming my way from the other candidates.
    Too bad you can’t do a Gillard and put a stop to those mongrels who raise sheep and cattle in crap conditions just to live export them..
    I will never pay 10% extra for milk if 1 cent is going to Live Animal Export.
    I get it from Costco..

  4. Trev Bennett
    Trev Bennett says:

    Thanks for the so important heads up , most people would have no idea . wow just wow . This country needs you Pauline

  5. Marjorie Mead
    Marjorie Mead says:

    The worst thing to happen to this world is the United Nations .we need to look after our own before we give foreign aid we only have to watch the domino effect on YouTube to see no matter how much money we give, no matter how many immigrants we bring into the country it will make not one iota of difference .we need to send our trained refugees back to their own countries to help their own people


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