Australian Conservatives leader and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has called on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to reduce Australia’s foreign aid by $200 million to help Australian children and help get Australia out of debt.
Senator Bernardi made the call after the Minister’s department made a sudden donation of $90 million of Australian taxpayers' money to the Global Partnership for Education ('GPE') after a tweet from pop superstar Rihanna asking Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Bishop to contribute to girls education.
News.com.au reports last Thursday, Rihanna used her 86 million Twitter followers to urge the Australian government to commit funding to the GPE (a strong partner with the UN with collaborative links to the Clinton Foundation, formerly led by ex-Prime Minister Julia Gillard) at an international conference with French President Emmanuel Macron and Senegalese President Macky Sall.
In less than 24 hours, Minister Bishop’s office announced a $90 million pledge to “support quality and inclusive education worldwide through the Global Partnership for Education".
Senator Bernardi tweeted in reply "@juliebishopMP as you fell for that one, how about reducing foreign aid by $200m to help Aust children and get our country out of debt. Regards An Aust Citizen (not a foreign pop star)"