Election forum on Australian aid

Crawford School of Public Policy | Development Policy Centre

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 14 August 2013


Molonglo Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Dr Helen Szoke, Chief Executive Officer, Oxfam Australia; Professor Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU; The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh, Member for Fraser, ALP; Elizabeth Lee, Liberal candidate for Fraser ; Julie Melrose, Greens candidate for Canberra


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Australia’s aid program has increased massively over the last decade, but its future is unclear, and aid policy has become controversial. The Labor Government has repeatedly delayed its target to lift aid 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI), and just this month slashed $900 million from the forward estimates for aid. The Coalition has not put any date to achievement of 0.5. There are also major aid policy and effectiveness issues at play, including aid for asylum seekers, aid to PNG, and aid to Africa. Labor has introduced a number of aid reforms, but the Coalition has called for “an increased focus on accountability, transparency and a reassessment of priorities within the aid program” (Julie Bishop at ANU, June 2012). The Greens support a lot more aid, and want an independent evaluator for the sector.

In this special 2013 Election forum, the ACT candidates discussed their parties’ approaches to aid. This event was sponsored by the Development Policy Centre and Oxfam ACT, with the support of Oaktree and Make Poverty History.

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