3 May, 2018

Ahead of next week’s federal budget, there have been reports of further cuts to Australia’s foreign aid budget.

In response, Adventist leaders have spoken out, encouraging church members to advocate for a fairer and more generous approach.

ADRA Australia CEO Paul Rubessa said he was “alarmed” to hear reports of another potential cut.

“We have a responsibility to speak up for the vulnerable both at home and overseas.

A group of Micah advocates at Parliament House in Canberra as part of 'Voices for Justice'.

A group of Micah advocates at Parliament House in Canberra as part of ‘Voices for Justice’.

“We can’t rectify our budget deficit by creating a moral deficit,” Mr Rubessa said.

Social justice advocate and Signs Publishing book editor Nathan Brown outlined Australia’s shrinking aid budget.

“Currently, Australia gives the lowest percentage of aid we have ever given. Our government spends just 22 cents for every $100 of Gross National Income, less than one-third of what the UK contributes,” Mr Brown said.

Voices for Justice Micah candles

Adventist leaders have spoken out against possible foreign aid cuts.

Greater Sydney Conference president Terry Johnson implored Adventists to make their voices heard for justice by┬ácontacting their local federal Member of Parliament to be “a voice for the voiceless”.

“As Adventists, we have a responsibility to speak up for the vulnerable. By speaking up for the poor, we are doing exactly what Jesus asked us to do,”┬áhe said.

ADRA Australia is a member of Micah Australia, a movement of Christians raising a powerful voice for justice.

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