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16 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Labour pledges $30 million for Rohingya and Palestinians

The Guardian, London

Labour has pledged a $30 million boost to foreign aid to the Rohingya and Palestinian humanitarian crises if it wins the next election. The joint announcement from Labour frontbenchers Penny Wong and Shayne Neumann comes before the party’s national conference this weekend in Adelaide.

Two thirds of the money would go to the United Nations relief and works agency for Palestine refugees and the remainder would be allocated to the Rohingya crisis facing Bangladesh and Myanmar. The extra money for Palestine would help plug a shortfall following US aid cuts.

President Donald Trump slashed more than US$200m in aid for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank earlier this year. The Trump administration is facing accusation it is using the issue to “blackmail” Palestinians into accepting a peace deal that critics say will favour Israel.

The relief works agency supports more than five million Palestinian refugees throughout the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider Middle East.

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