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Bill Gates urges Australia to boost aid

28 May 2013, 09:30

Sydney - Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has urged Australia to boost foreign aid following the country's announcement that it was delaying a pledge to increase overseas aid spending.

Gates made his plea during a speech in the capital Canberra on Tuesday. He says although Australia has been relatively generous, more money is needed for vital medicine and agricultural developments.

Australia said this month it was postponing by two years a long-standing pledge to increase its foreign aid spending to 0.5% of gross national income by 2015-16. Australia's foreign aid budget will increase to 0.37% in the next fiscal year.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Tuesday the country would spend another $77 million on polio eradication efforts. Australia had committed $48m through 2014.

- AP


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