Malcolm Turnbull’s speeches are selectively edited in campaign calling for more foreign aid

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s speeches have been mashed together to make him appear to pledge to reverse cuts made by his predecessor Tony Abbott in a new charity campaign.

Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge have come together in a new public campaign aimed at pressuring new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reverse cuts made by his predecessor Tony Abbott.

The campaign focuses on a one and half minute video which selectively edits media statements made by Turnbull into a montage, which appears to have the new PM advocate for more foreign aid funding.

“(Foreign) aid is one of Australia’s greatest achievements but in the last two years, the Government has made the largest ever cuts to our aid program abandoning its promise to the world’s most promising people and damaging our international reputation,” said Tony Milne executive officer for campaign for Australian Aid, a joint umbrella group that brings together the two charities.

The group is aiming to highlight how Australia’s aid budget is expected to hit its lowest level ever in our nation’s history in 2016, falling to 0.22 per cent of our gross national income (GNI), in the wake of the last budget’s $3.7bn cuts, which are scheduled over the next three years.

It has also launched a website “Dear Prime Minister” with a call to action which asks voters to email Turnbull and their local MP.

“We’re calling on Mr Turnbull to take the first step to repairing Australian aid by stopping the fourth consecutive cut and beginning the journey to fulfil our global promise of investing 0.7 per cent of our GNI to aid.”

Campaign for Australian Aid said the 67,000 Australians have so far joined its online campaign.

Nic Christensen 


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