Australia to cut aid to fund asylum seeker costs
The Federal Government has confirmed it is planning to divert hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign aid programs to fund costs associated with asylum seekers on the Australian mainland.
Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr says $375 million from the foreign aid budget will be used to pay for food and other costs for asylum seekers being processed in Australia.
He says the Government gives aid to refugee camps in Africa and there is no reason some of that should not be spent on asylum seekers in Australia.
"It's absolutely fair and it fits OECD guidelines for the expenditure of aid money," he said.