Australia’s opposition spokeswoman on foreign affairs commits to continuing support for Asia-Pacific, health, should Labor win the election
Senator Penny Wong, Australia's opposition spokeswoman on foreign affairs, spoke at the University of Queensland on 'Rebuilding Australia’s international development program for a time of disruption.' She outlined her party's priorities for development policy, should the Labor Party win the upcoming May 2019 federal election.
She committed to continuing Australia's development engagement with middle-income countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Health, education, climate change, infrastructure, and gender equality and inclusion would be Labor's central themes. Her speech also included a new funding commitment to tackle cataract blindness in the region and the announcement that Labor would appoint a Global Human Rights Ambassador. Although she reiterated plans to rebuild the development budget, she would not re-establish a separate development agency.