Caritas Australia expressed disappointment with the Australian Government’s announcement confirming cuts of $650 million from Australia’s official aid program in the 2013-14 financial year.
The cuts, announced last weekend, reduce funding for programs in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and South and West Asia which help to lift communities out of poverty. They also decrease Government support for non-Government organisations like Caritas Australia.
Caritas Australia’s CEO, Paul O’Callaghan, says the cuts have caused significant strain on some of the agency’s existing commitments, but says Caritas will strive to ensure the impact of these cuts is felt least in those communities most vulnerable to poverty and injustice.
'For half a century, Caritas Australia has walked in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable women, men and children, and we are resolute in our mission to honour the dignity of the people we serve.
'Despite this unforeseen, mid-year, change to our Partnership Agreement with the Government, we remain committed to promote peace, justice and dignity for the poorest of the poor.'
Mr O’Callaghan said the generosity of the Australian public, bolstered by Caritas’ 40-year partnership with the Australian Government, has led to beneficial change in many countries.
'In the last year alone, this partnership enabled Caritas Australia to reach more than 1.1 million people across 20 countries.'
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Caritas dissapointed by govt aid cuts (Press Release)