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Nik Gill

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Can first world countries spend their overseas aid budgets more effectively?

On March 20th 2013, Great Britain's government firmly backed a legislation that would ensure that 0.7% (~£11 Billion) of Gross National Income will be spent on Overseas Aid.

With many skeptics feeling that this money is often wasted or better spent in more important areas, how would you like to see this money spent to change the perception that International Aid isn't effective?

Myself and Maddy Nash would love to hear your thoughts!


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  • Apr 1 2013: Hi Nik and all, Most important to upgrade status + health of women.

    Today in Melbourne Australia we hear of another woman raped by a male from another country (as she went for a walk to the shops) where they feel it is their right to rape and bash ! A tourist being raped in Brazil. Few weeks ago a tourist raped in India. These places desperately need tourism for their economies however are destroying their chances.

    Some of the immigrants we let into Australia are continuing to rape and bash and have 27 children. We just do not want this as it will undermine our better way of life for which our forebears fought and died to obtain for our country. We have a Commissioner for women now and she wants much harsher jail penalties for men who rape and bash, either strangers or their wives in this country. I (et l) agree. I'd go further and after the jail sentence the offending male is sent home.

    I hope others also share their views on this.
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      Apr 1 2013: Hi Karmel!

      Thank you for this update. Is it Sarah Cafferkey that you are referring to?

      Yes, this is indeed a sad situation across the globe - we did in fact have a similar situation last year to this in the UK. However, the consensus was that although some immigrants are involved in these activities, there are also natives in each country that are similarly involved and we should not necessarily point towards one section of people and point the blame there / single them out for additional punishments. Does that sounds fair? Personally, I do see some logic in the fact that someone should not be permitted to live in another country if they have committed such crimes as you say - but surely if they were in prison then either way the public are protected?

      Your overlying point remains and should not be forgotten, incidents like this are tragic and they do very much affect the economies of those countries that rely in tourism heavily.

      Our thoughts are obviously with the family of the girl from Melbourne.

      Speak to you soon,
      • Apr 2 2013: For sure some Australian men offend against women as well. Also Indigenous have a high percentage of offence. Unfortunately the immigrant males have the largest percentage of offending. Since the rape and killing of an Indian girl in India and those of Swiss & Korean tourists the Herald Sun newspaper tells us today Tourism in India has declined 35% in months since.

        The latest rape in Melbourne last week was done by an Indian male. In court is an Afghani man - it is his second rape charge. He + his Lawyers are trying to get him off by saying ...'cultural differences led him to rape a teenage girl' again (a second one). ' He did not have any clear concept of consent' was another inexcusable defence.

        He has cost taxpayers court costs and has won an appeal to contest the 11 yr. jail sentence he was given for raping 2 women ! More money ! Anyone wishing to come to this country must be given a clear concept NO RAPE. If he had been returned to his country the first time he would not have been free to offend again. No second chances and within 6 months pretence/ignorance will stop.

        A migrant advocate woman is wanting money for refuges for Indian Sri Lankan, African women in Australia to get away from raping bashing husbands. We are just compounding the problem with lax laws. Before they come it must be made clear - no excuses or cultural differences accepted.

        In the mean time we keep pressing for better status of women + children in all overseas countries.

        Ghana + Kenya are leading the way, Google Expanding-Contraception-options-for-ghanas-women
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          Apr 2 2013: Hi Karmel,

          Yes, if one does move to another country then they should without doubt be fully aware of the culture they are to live in. In the example above, if they have admitted to their crime and have used cultural differences as a defence, you would hope that they will punished severely for the crime they have committed. However, moving forward, maybe there needs to be an education process like that in America where those applying to live in that country are vetted and tested about the country prior to moving there (to ensure an easier integration into society etc.)

          I managed to find a working link to the contraception article you suggested to read. You can find it higher up in the conversation.

          Thanks Karmel,

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