Geldof slams stingy Australia

November 19th, 2007 - 1:35 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, November 19 (ANI): Sir Bob Geldof has criticised Australia for dishonouring its own commitment to financially aid the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The Irish singer and Make Poverty History campaigner described Australia’s foreign aid commitment as “tragic” in the face of its booming economy, as he accepted his new role as honorary ambassador for Brisbane during a short ceremony on Monday.

He said that it was embarrassing that Australias contribution was way behind that the contribution made by other developed countries.

“It’s embarrassingly pathetic. In fact, it’s one of the meanest in the planet,” news.com.au quoted Sir Bob as saying.

“For a country that keeps boasting about its huge growth, which is absolutely correct, you should boast and be proud of it, (but) is 99.5 per cent not enough for you? And not only that, it’s way behind the rest of the developed world,” he added.

The former Boomtown Rats singer revealed that Australia had agreed to contribute 0.7 per cent of its GDP by 2015 under the Millennium Development Goals, globally accepted targets that aim to substantially reduce poverty.

“If people think that’s a lot of money - what, 99.3 (per cent) is not enough for you all, does that not do it? It’s tragic,” Sir Bob said.

As honorary ambassador for Brisbane, Geldof’s role will require him to promote Queensland’s capital city internationally. (ANI)

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