Staying with Julie Bishop. In the same column (which, I repeat, isn’t that bad by the standards of the last week) she writes:
While this is of great concern regarding the application of the current aid budget of around $4 billion per annum, it should be borne in mind that the foreign aid budget will have to double (at least) to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal target of 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015.
MDG target? 0.5 percent? Here’s the relevant MDG indicator:
8.1 Net ODA, total and to the least developed countries, as percentage of OECD/DAC donors’ gross national income
No targets there. Presumably she’s talking about UN general resolution 2626 (which is 40 years old); except its target is 0.7% of GNI not 0.5. In a year’s time this Ms Bishop could quite conceivably be in charge of the Australian Aid programme. This, I think, is just a little worrying.