Corruption's taking aid from needy

HILLS residents are on a mission to halve global poverty by 2015.

Members of The Hills Justice Project, a group of local Christians concerned about issues of poverty and justice, travelled to Canberra recently to advocate the millennium development goals.

A new focus this year was to inform politicians how corruption was inhibiting the effectiveness of aid.

"Though many people think this corruption is predominantly at the hands of dictators and the like, the truth is that almost two-thirds of money being illegally siphoned out of developing nations is due to multi-national corporations avoiding paying tax in these nations," Josh Dowton of The Hills Justice Project said.

"In some cases, more money is coming out of local economies than is going in with aid moneys, and this has a dramatic effect on the way those economies are able to develop."

He said they wanted politicians to join the conversation and contemplate strategies to combat it.

Australia gives 35¢ in every $100 made as a nation to overseas aid.

To accelerate the progress of the millennium development goals lobbyists want to see aid contribution increase to 0.5 per cent of national income by 2016 and 0.7 per cent by 2020.

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