Caritas protests government cuts

Hit by cuts

Caritas Australia has added its voice to other groups protesting against Federal Government’s cuts of $650 million from Australia’s official aid program in the 2013-14 financial year, reports The Catholic Leader.

Caritas Australia Chief Executive Officer, Paul O’Callaghan, said it was 'unfortunate such a decision had been made in the first year of our partnership with the new government.'

He said the generosity of the Australian public, bolstered by Caritas’s 40-year partnership with the Australian Government, had 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,' Mr O’Callaghan said.

Other organisations such as Care, Save the Children, ChildFund, Plan International and the Fred Hollows Foundation – who also have partnership agreements with the Government – have had their funding cut by about eight per cent.

FULL STORY Caritas hit by government cuts (The Catholic Leader)