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Tuesday, 6 December 1983
Page: 3310

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The Petition of certain citizens of Australia shows that:

(a) Too much government aid is given to serve Australia's foreign Policy interests rather than to help the poor.

(b) The needs and wishes of the poor are often ignored when projects are being selected and implemented.

(c) Projects are often selected and designed to suit what Australia can provide rather than what the poor really need.

(d) Technical imputs and expertise are emphasised at the expense of social factors.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the Australian Government should:

(1) Reorient its aid program so that its principal aim is to eliminate chronic proverty in our region.

(2) Choose recipient countries systematically on the basis of (a) Need of the people; (b) Likelihood of aid reaching the poorest and (c) Australia's historical links and geographical position.

(3) Choose types of aid systematically on the basis of whether the Recipient government has the committment and ability to help the poorest in that country.

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