Bob Carr defends foreign aid cut

Bob Carr defends foreign aid cut

Aid advocates have slammed a plan by the Federal Government to cut foreign aid funding, in order to accommodate asylum seekers in Australia.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr has confirmed the government will divert $375 million from its aid program, to pay for food and other costs for asylum seekers being brought into Australia. 

He says money spent on refugees within a country is still legitimate aid money, and they have backing from the OECD on the matter.

But the Australian Council for International Development says the diversion of aid money will not help people in impoverished nations, while Oxfam Australia says the government is playing politics with two groups of vulnerable people.

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