Walk highlights aid trickle

VOLUNTEERS for Oxfam will parade through Perth with buckets on their heads next Friday to highlight the federal government’s reduction in overseas aid.

Participants will fill buckets from the fountain in Forrest Place, before walking to Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann’s office where they’ll present an 80,000-strong petition calling for foreign aid to get a bigger slice of the budget.

Oxfam’s Paddy Cullen says Australia’s been giving less than it ever has.

• Hannah Darch and Sarah Laundy are taking place in Oxfam’s bucket walk to try and get Australia’s aid flowing again. Photo by Steve Grant

“Aid has been reduced to a trickle at just 23 cents in every $100 of national income,” he says.

“This is less than a third of the UN recommendation of 70 cents in every $100 of income.

“We’re asking all political parties at this election to pledge to increase aid to 0.7 per cent of GNI by 2030 in line with our global responsibility,” Mr Cullen told the Voice.

The event will be taking place at 3pm on Friday June 24, starting in Forrest Place.

by OTTOLINE SPEARMAN

937 Terrace Hotel 15x3

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