The votes are in!

The Australian people have re-elected the Morrison Coalition Government.

Despite the Morrison Government overseeing a growing economy and projecting a return to budget surplus, the government’s April federal budget revealed Australia’s total international aid expenditure will be cut by $126 million AUD — a figure that could have gone towards vaccinating 126 million children against life threatening diseases like rotavirus.

This is unacceptable.

Worldwide, around 736 million people currently live in extreme poverty. Without human rights like education, adequate health care, and access to clean water, people are unable to live to their full potential and pull themselves and their families out of extreme poverty.

Australia’s international aid program has the potential to make a real difference to the lives of the world’s poorest. But, we desperately need our government to commit to increasing Australia’s aid budget to the United Nations’ target of 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) by 2030.

Check out our video explaining the importance of Australian international aid here — and join us in calling on the re-elected government to do better and invest in Australia’s aid program.