Foreign aid budget cuts slammed by charities
THE budget move to cut foreign aid to Africa by 70% has been widely condemned by several international charities.
After aid to sub-Saharan Africa was cut from $189 million to $93 million over the next three years, CARE Australia chief executive Dr Julia Newton-Howes said it would take many years for the aid budget to recover from the damage inflicted.
Aid to Indonesia was also slashed in Tuesday's budget, by 40%.
Adding to the $11 billion already cut from Australia's global foreign aid budget since the Coalition came to power, $3.7 billion more will be cut over the next three years.
The cuts are a blow for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who has been a strident supporter of maintaining Australia's overall aid contribution.