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Monday, 10 August 2015
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Foreign Aid Budget

(Question No. 797)

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on, 13 May 2015:

(1) What foreign aid plans and programs were considered by the Government in the lead up to the 2015 budget.

(2) What sum is the Government seeking to invest in foreign aid in 2015-16.

(3) What level of funding is being allocated to family planning programs abroad.

Ms Julie Bishop: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) 2015-16 aid allocations were determined by the Government following a rigorous analysis of the contribution that Australia's aid makes to partner country GDP, global ODA flows and the growth trajectories of recipient countries. Aid allocations were also informed by Australia's development policy, Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability.

(2) The Australian Government will provide an estimated $4.052 billion in Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2015-16.

(3) Funding for specific development programs is currently being discussed with partner countries.