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Labor pledges to rebuild foreign aid

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February 13, 2018

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong will pledge to rebuild aid funding if elected.

Australia's gutted foreign aid program will be rebuilt if federal Labor wins the next election.

The opposition's foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong is set to announce a pledge to increase aid investment beyond current levels during a speech to an aid conference on Tuesday.

Since the coalition came to power in 2013 more than $11 billion has been cut from Australia's aid program.

Aid spending has sunk to its lowest level on record, 22 cents for every $100 of national income.

"These cuts are a source of international embarrassment for Australia, and are at odds with the generous spirit of the Australian people," Senator Wong will tell the conference at the Australian National University in Canberra.

"Labor will, to the fullest extent that financial circumstances allow, rebuild and grow the Australian aid program in a timely manner."

Senator Wong did not nominate a dollar figure, citing a need to look at the budget circumstances post-election.

She said it was in the national interest to combat global poverty which helps support security and stability in the region.

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