New information details Australia's foreign aid cuts

New information details Australia's foreign aid cuts

New information details Australia's foreign aid cuts

Updated 15 February 2013, 22:16 AEST

Australia will cut emergency relief spending to some of its poorest neighbours to cover the rising cost of housing asylum seekers domestically.

Last year the federal government announced 376 million dollars would be stripped from the foreign aid budget, but didn't say where the cuts were coming from.

The ABC has obtained a breakdown of the cuts, which include 38 million dollars from programs in Indonesia, 20 million dollars to aid in Afghanistan and 13 million dollars from programs in Vanuatu.
 
For some reactions to the news Tracee Hutchison spoke to Marc Purcell, Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development.
 
Presenter: Tracee Hutchison
Speaker: Marc Purcell, Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development
 

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