JLN supports a halving of the Foreign Aid Budget in order to help boost federal government investment in Higher Education from .6% to 1% of GDP.
JLN notes that most average Australians don’t realize that both the government and opposition have plans to borrow more than $4B each year for the next 5 years or up to $25B – so that they can send it straight back overseas in foreign aid – while ordinary Australian pensioners, unemployed workers, uni-students, veterans and families struggle to pay their bills.
JLN questions why Australia annually sends more than $350 M a to Indonesia – a country with a military almost 10 times the size of Australia’s permanent Defence Force?
JLN also notes that If the Nordic Countries can fund and deliver the best Higher Education system in the world to their young people for free, why can’t Australia?
(In 1995 Australia spent .9% of our GDP on Higher education and now we’ve only spend .6%.
Surely as a developed nation Australia can afford to invest 1% of our GPD in Higher Education?)
Therefore JLN supports at least a halving of the Foreign Aid Budget in order to help boost federal government investment in Higher Education from .6% to 1% of GDP. ($9B to $18) JLN makes no apology for putting poor Tasmanians and Australians first – before any other country’s people. Charity begins at home.