Shadow foreign minister says Australia’s interests undermined by $11bn cut since 2013

Penny Wong says it is impossible for Labor to entirely reverse Australia’s foreign policy cuts, accusing the government of having chosen cheap domestic political point scoring, cheered on by Pauline Hanson, at the expense of international aid.

In a speech circulated ahead of its delivery at the University of Queensland, the shadow foreign minister said it would be impossible for Labor to replace the $11bn cut from Australia’s aid budget since the Coalition came to power in 2013 but has vowed to increase development assistance as a percentage of national income and commit funds to Pacific programs.

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