Caritas Australia has welcomed the new Albanese Government’s commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and to foreign aid and says it will “really make a difference” to First Nations communities and the country’s closest neighbours.
“We welcome and congratulate Anthony Albanese on his win. It is heartening for the whole sector to see Labor’s commitment to increase aid spending and focus on key areas like gender issues that will really make a difference,” said Kirsty Robertson, Caritas Australia’s chief.
Labor has committed to spending an additional $525 million over four years in the Pacific and Timor-Leste across health, education, climate change and economic growth.
“Over recent years the aid budget has been steadily reducing. Unfortunately, this has happened exactly when foreign aid has most been needed to fight the effects of COVID-19, conflict and instability,” Ms Robertson said.
“Labor’s commitment to increase aid spending over the next few years, particularly in our region, will have a positive impact on communities who are in sore need of our support. Our partners are especially concerned about the impacts of climate change so it is good to see that Labor has listened to this and prioritised climate change in the aid budget.”
In his victory speech on Saturday night, Mr Albanese reinforced Labor’s commitment to the Uluru Statement of the Heart, a petition by First Nations leaders to change the constitution of Australia to improve the representation of Indigenous Australians and set up a process of truth-telling on national history.
“We believe that the best way to create positive change is to listen to those who are most impacted, and so it is vital that we bring First Australians to the forefront of any discussion of reforms and initiatives that will impact First Australian communities and lives,” Ms Robertson said.
Caritas Australia welcomes Albanese government and increased aid spending (Caritas Australia)