Statement by Bishop Philip Huggins, Chair, Melbourne Anglican Social Responsibilities Committee: Read it here
Read our policy paper which argues against the use of overseas aid money for the cost of caring for asylum seekers in Australia. Download our policy paper here.
Policy Paper: 13 May 2013 “Let me not seek a bargain that leaves another hungry” ?
Cutting overseas aid from refugee source and host countries to fund asylum seeker programmes in Australia.
The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce encourages both the Australian Government and the Opposition to maintain and increase the protection of refugees in the countries from which they are fleeing or being hosted. Increasing the levels of overseas aid and funding projects in refugee source countries will prevent refugees from making the dangerous journey to Australia, and will save the Australian Government millions of dollars in the establishment and resourcing of asylum seeker services and detention centres in Australia.
Members’ methodologies for calculating costs
This table presents the volume of in-donor refugee costs reported as ODA by DAC members
over the last five reporting years and the share of this item in their total net ODA: RefugeeCostsMethodologicalNote (1)
“The Government needs to explain which anti-poverty programs will be hit by the decision to divert $375 million. The Australian public and our neighbors deserve to know,” Executive director Marc Purcell said.
Read the full media release from ACFID: Good News on Aid Undermined by Diverted Funds
Baptcare calls for humane treatment and hosting of asylum seekers including: a reception program that involves a humane standard of living within the community, access to a timely and fair assessment of claims for asylum and protection, assurances against refoulement and clear, transparent processes for the review of decisions.