That this General Synod:
1. Notes with regret that even though a very large amount of money has been promised to the Australian community by both major political parties as part of the current election campaign, neither has chosen to indicate any plan to increase the Australian foreign aid budget.
2. Respectfully asks the Primate to write on behalf of the General Synod to the new Prime Minister expressing our concern that the Australian foreign aid budget is so low as a percentage of gross national income and request that Australia make a contribution of 0.7% of GNI to international aid, given our obvious prosperity at this time.
Chris Jones – 5 Oct 04