I am writing in support of Australian foreign aid. I shouted agreement and gratitude at the TV when Charlie Pickering delivered a segment on the topic a few months ago, and I continue to be heartbroken that people of the world are dropping bombs on each other at vast expense.
I do not pretend to fully understand armed global activity, nor national budgets, but I do know that given a choice between spending time, effort and money on overseas military engagements versus well-thought out nation building projects (Oh. So. Very. Many. To. Choose), I choose the latter. This is not simply throwing money away, rather investing in the future of humanity, of which we are a part.
To be honest, I would prefer blindly giving a bomb’s-worth of food directly to anyone who even *might* be an enemy (in this complicated world of “the enemy of my enemy is, well, a friend of Russia”), than manufacturing, delivering and dropping that bomb upon them, their land, and the people around them.
I hope and trust that you are familiar with the goal of 0.7% GNP going to foreign aid. Please, help us move toward it, not away from it.
On behalf of TEAR Australia, I make the following two concrete requests:
- Stop the fourth consecutive cut to Australian aid so that we don’t reach our lowest ever levels of aid.
- Start the journey to fulfil our global promise to invest our fair share in a future free from poverty.
I can only assume TEAR Australia has sources indicating that a fourth cut is en route. If not, then I am grateful for small mercies.
(I sent this via http://dearprimeminister.org/ then added the links here.)