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After 14 years in relief and development I am surprised at my own jadedness and even cynicism.
What makes this country great is our ability to look out for those most in need.
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What we're seeing globally, particularly in the US, is growing anger from the working and middle classes who have watched the benefits of that economic growth largely accrue to the wealthy while they stand still or go backwards.
As the budget draws closer I can only hope, for the sake of Malawi and for the sake of our self-respect, that the cut to Australian aid is not as deep as predicted.