29 May 2015

Australian public backs aid cuts - survey

12:42 pm on 29 May 2015

A survey by an Australian think tank shows most Australians support recent budget cuts to Australia's overseas aid.

The Lowy Institute says its poll found that 53 percent were in favour of cuts and 35 were against reductions to the aid budget.

13 percent of those polled expressed no preference.

In this month budget, the Australian government cut the aid allocation by a fifth in the country's single biggest drop of foreign aid spending.

The poll was based on a survey of 1,200 Australian adults and has a margin of error margin of 2.8 percent.

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey holding his budget speech at Parliament House in Canberra.

Australia's treasurer Joe Hockey Photo: AFP