In a speech to the Lowy Institute last night, Abbott government Minister Julie Bishop announced that military and police deployments to humanitarian disasters and UN peacekeeping operations would be included in the overseas aid budget.
Together, let’s call on Julie Bishop to confirm that this introduction will not affect commitments to current and future poverty alleviation programs.
With little media scrutiny, government officials think they can get away with this - and, so far, they’ve been right. Which is where our campaign comes in.
Thousands of us speaking out for Australian Aid will turn the media spotlight on the Foreign Minister by showing public interest in the issue and providing a newsworthy angle to media outlets hungry for the latest controversy. But all of this starts with thousands of people adding their name.
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