Abolish Foreign Aid - Liberal Democrats

Abolish Foreign Aid

This year, the foreign aid budget will siphon off $4 billion from taxpayers, or $160 per Australian.

Senator Duncan Spender believes that you know how to spend that $160 better, which is why he and the Liberal Democrats believe in abolishing foreign aid, except for short-term humanitarian assistance during times of crisis.

We believe that foreign aid is given with good intentions, but too often falls into the hands of foreign elites or is wasted in administrative costs. Last year, Papua New Guinea spent 40 million dollars on Maserati cars ahead of the APEC summit, the same year Australia offered PNG an extra 130 million dollars in aid.

We believe that private citizens do not need to be told who to donate money to – we each have a cause we admire and can make the choice to support it ourselves.

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