Sunday, February 17, 2013

This election year be 'fair by instinct' and provide fair go for all says World Vision head Tim Costello

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'Fair by instinct' should be a guiding principle of the federal election and policy on overseas aid, according to World Vision Australia Chief Executive, Tim Costello.

Writing in the Fairfax Media, Mr Costello said,
'Ever since the Prime Minister called the election, I’ve had three words repeating in my head. Fair - By - Instinct. That’s how the PM described our nation and it’s an assessment I think most Australians would agree with. Fairness is the cornerstone of our constitution and our national identity. But as we head into an election year, I think we need to ask ourselves whether we really believe in a fair go for all.'
Mr Costello said he was disturbed in the drift in policy that saw both major parties reneging on aid targets and deciding to or considering diverting aid money to domestic needs.
'I hope our major political parties are focused on a broader notion of justice, one that includes the poorest and most vulnerable people beyond our shores. These are the people our overseas aid program aims to help, and a recent government report concluded that our taxpayer dollars are making an extraordinary impact in their communities.'
Read Tim Costello's full statement on the World Vision website

VoterValue: When considering your vote in September, take into account candidate and party attitudes to overseas aid and meeting the Millennium Goals.

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