Waylaid Dialectic

September 15, 2012

Australia’s Aid Spend vs its Military Spend

Filed under: Aid — terence @ 4:19 pm

An interesting snippit of information from a Ben Reilly op-ed in the Canberra Times:

Ten years ago, Australia spent roughly similar amounts on foreign affairs and on international aid, while both were a mere fraction of its defence spending, then at around A$20 billion. No more. Over the past decade, Australia’s aid spending has doubled to more than A$5 billion, while foreign affairs has shrunk and defence spending has remained essentially static.

In other words Australia’s aid spend is about quarter of its military spend. An improvement from the past, but it would, I think, be nice to live in a world where the ratio was the other way round…


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