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Concern as Australia slashes Global Fund contribution

Concern as Australia slashes Global Fund contribution

Updated 4 December 2013, 11:41 AEDT

The Opposition Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, has slammed the Government over it's funding to an international fund to fight communicable diseases.

Donors to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, have just finished meeting in Washington to pledge money for the next three years.

The Fund is a public private partnership and one of the most succesful organisations of it's type in the world.

Aid groups had expected Australia would donate three hundred and seventy five million dollars, but it's only donating two hundred million dollars.

The Opposition's position has been backed by the CEO of World Vision Australia, Tim Costello, who says he's very disappointed.

Presenter:David Mark

Speaker:Tanya Plibersek, Opposition spokeswoman on foreign affairs; Tim Costello, CEO, World Vision Australia

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