Australia’s former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd once had hopes of being a UN grandee, or of at least buying us a seat on the UN Security Council. Money seemed no object, and I was astonished that no hardheads in Labor were asking about a dramatic increase in spending that didn’t seem to come with many checks on what good was actually being done:
But on Rudd went: “Right now, we have effectively doubled the quantum of money we invest in foreign aid over the last four to five years, in your name we are now investing $4.5 billion a year.
“If we reach our 0.5 target by 2015, and we’re on track to do that, that number will rise to (between) $8 billion to $8.5 billion, thereby making this country’s foreign aid budget the sixth or seventh largest in the world …”
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