Lambie replies to Foreign Aid Cuts Criticism

Independent Senator for Tasmania, Jacqui Lambie has rejected criticism leveled at her by the Australian Council for International Development (see attached) regarding Australia’s budget for Foreign Aid.

“The average Australian and Tasmanian doesn’t realize that both the government and opposition have plans to borrow $5B each year for the next 5 years  - so that they can send it straight back overseas in foreign aid.” said Senator Lambie.

“If our government and organizations like the Australian Council for International Development have their way - more than $25B over the forward estimates will be borrowed and then sent to foreign countries – while ordinary Tasmanian pensioners, unemployed workers, Uni students and families struggle to pay their bills.

I make no apology for putting poor Tasmanians and Australians first – before any other country’s people. Charity begins at home. If the Australian Council for International Development wanted an informed debate about the amount of foreign aid money that was sent out of Australia – firstly they would tell the truth about the size of our foreign aid budget.” said Senator Lambie.

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