Yes, I am aware that today is Wednesday - at least for me - and that I already had a Tuesday post yesterday, BUT I wanted to participate in this new meme too. It's called Tuesday Thoughts & Talks, it's hosted by Sherry @ BloggityBLOG and this is it's first week! All you have to do to participate is pick a book and talk about something it made you feel or think about. This week, I'm choosing to talk about The Hunger Games and what it made me think when I first read it and I'm a little nervous to post this! I apologise in advance if this topic upsets or offends anyone and I hope you know that that is not my intention.
1. Budget 2014: Axe falls on foreign aid spending, nearly $8 billion in cuts over next five years
"Australian foreign aid spending is being cut by $7.6 billion over the next five years, in the biggest savings measure in the 2014 budget."
2. Aid agencies begin to axe programs on back of Government cuts to foreign aid
3. Australia's aid effort (Oxfam)
I would almost go so far as to compare developing countries receiving foreign aid to Katniss in the sense that giving foreign aid makes Australia (the Capitol, if you like) look good*. But are we really doing all we can to reduce poverty?
*To clarify, that is not the only reason that Australia gives aid, I know. And it has actually done a significant amount of good over the years in combination with the rest of the world. Just imagine what the world could be like if more was done.
I know that I don't want to live and die in a world like this. And I know that I have to do more if I want anything to change.
Thank you for reading this. I'm sorry today's topic was gloomy - hopefully next time I will have something more uplifting to share for this meme!