This year, ALP members get to elect the National President of our party. It looks like whatever the outcome, we'll have a strong champion of Australian aid in the role! All four candidates in the ballot have agreed to support Labor for Aid's campaign. Here are the statements they shared with us.
Message from Wayne Swan
I appreciate the the opportunity to state my view as a candidate in the ballot for President of the ALP.
I am proud of the record amount of government funding allocated to the aid budget when I was Treasurer in the Rudd and Gillard Governments.
I commit to:
* the principle that we should be moving towards 0.7% of our Gross National Income (GNI) on aid;
* Increasing aid as a percentage of GNI every year that we are in office starting with our first budget;
* Making advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including reducing global poverty, the core purpose of the aid program.
Message from Mark Butler
For a democratic, caring and generous nation like Australia, aid has long been a central element in our foreign policy, consistent with our values and our national interests. We have a deep interest in and commitment to the maintenance of stability in our region, and to reducing poverty.
And if our generosity to help those in need is not sufficient motivation, there is also the economic and security consequences of instability and poverty. These consequences are not only felt by the individual communities and nations affected, but in an increasingly interconnected world they impact on all of us.
Failure to recognise this is profoundly short sighted. Moreover, the decision by the Abbott and Turnbull governments to walk away to slash foreign aid undermines our national interests.
I support Labor contributing more to international development assistance and ensuring more of it gets to the people who it is meant to be assisting.
For this reason, I strongly support the goals and work of Labor for Aid in promoting a larger and more effective aid program.
Message from Mich-Elle Myers
I support Labor for Aid.
Through my work with the International Transport Workers’ Federation I’ve worked with unions in countries that rely on aid and need it to support the most vulnerable people in our global community. I know from my union brothers and sisters, the devastation cuts to foreign aid, like those introduced by the Abbott & Turnbull governments, have caused for these struggling communities.
While LNP governments continue to push an agenda of tax cuts for multi-national companies in Australia - with more than 700 companies already paying no company tax at all - we have seen dramatic cuts to our foreign aid and development budgets that would otherwise support these communities.
I believe in global solidarity and firmly believe that wealthy nations have a responsibility to support others. I pledge my support to the targets outlined in Labor for Aid’s policy which are:
* Commit to the principle that we should be moving towards 0.7% of our Gross National Income (GNI) on aid;
* Increase aid as a percentage of GNI every year that we are in office starting with our first budget;
* Make advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including reducing global poverty, the core purpose of the aid program
I also believe that aid should be predicated on a willingness to allow union building and support workers’ rights and the global Decent Work agenda as an important way to reduce poverty and inequality
In this photograph, I am standing with my union sisters from India and Indonesia at a recent meeting to advance the work of women in unions across the Asia-Pacific region.
Message from Claire Moore
Labor has a proud history of developing Australia's aid program to end extreme poverty and target inequality in our region.
Labor for Aid is an important new association for everyone in the Labor party to continue this tradition. I encourage all members to become involved.
After the Turnbull/Abbott Government's savage cuts to our aid program, let's join with Labor for Aid advocating for a better effort from Australia ensuring no one gets left behind