Australia is a beautiful country. Surrounded by ocean, the nation is filled with environmental wonders, such as the Great Barrier Reef, and traditional treasures like Uluru. Australia is also a widely diverse and multicultural country represented by hundreds of nations and cultures. I consider it a privilege to be able to grow up and live in such a prosperous nation, a privilege that many others don’t enjoy.

If I could encourage someone to do anything, it would be to go overseas and visit countries where citizens struggle with everyday living. To experience what it means to live off minimal clothing, food and water. This is something that I have only experienced to a small degree but look forward to continuing to explore into the future. My short time in disadvantaged communities provided me with a new perspective on my own country. It allowed me to recognise how blessed I am and how I take the basics of living for granted. 

In Australia, food is widely available, water flows to all homes, and shops fulfil all our worldly desires. Houses keep getting more substantial, and we have turned into hoarders, collecting random bits and pieces to fill our home. There is nothing inherently wrong with buying different things, but they are not essentials.

Furthermore, arguments and disagreements in Australia are minuscule and irrelevant compared to other nations. While the Australian government argues over ministerial conduct by our Energy Minister, other countries battle with how to provide clean water to all their citizens. I firmly believe that we should be doing more to help other nations, and one way of achieving this is through increasing foreign aid spending. Australia has a strong economy, and although we are currently in a period of recession, our overseas support can be radically improved without having a significant domestic impact.

A survey was released to Australian’s who disagreed with Australia’s foreign aid policy. They were asked how much they thought Australia spent on foreign aid, and how much they should spend. The average results followed:

How much the average Australian believes we invest in Foreign Aid: 14%

How much the average Australian believes we should invest in Foreign Aid: 10%

How much Australia actually invest currently in Foreign Aid: 0.8%

I think those numbers speak for themselves without any commentary. Australians who disagree with spending money overseas, think we invest 17.5 times more than we actually do, and would like us to be 12.5 times more generous than we are! This further highlights that our international spending is not sufficient, even to those who think we shouldn’t be spending at all!

I love Australia because of its stability, access to basic needs and its beauty. Through reflecting on my time as an Australian, I believe that we should be doing more to support developing nations, to assist in ensuring that they too can provide their citizens with fundamental human rights.

Australia provides people with opportunities. This is what Australia has always achieved, and that is why I love Australia. We now need to continue this trend into a new era. By continuing to provide opportunities for all Australians, individuals seeking refuge in Australia, and the international community

Article 6 of the ‘Why I Love…’ Series –

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