As expected, Australia’s foreign aid has been slashed in the latest Federal Budget. The cuts amount to $4.1 billion in 2015-16; with aid to Indonesia scaled back by 40 per cent ($542 million to $323 million).

But Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey is adamant the cuts were not made in reprisal for the recent executions of Muyran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

Instead Mr Hockey insisted the cuts were made according to a fixed formula with no particular country singled out for special treatment.

Also seeing the sharp edge of the razor was Climate Change Funding. The spending on climate change research will drop from $1.35 billion in 2015-16 to less than $675 million in 2016-17; and this is expected to drop to around $550 million in 2017-18.

Tony Abbott’s Green Army is appears to have lost the war, with the direct action reforestation fund he oversaw having its funding pruned to $701.9 million (down $73.2 million) over the next four years.

Likewise Landcare and Climate Change Technology are being short-changed.

The National Landcare Program will now only receive $12.3 million (down $12.3 Million); with the National Low Emissions Coal Initiative down to $17.5 million over two years (down $3.4 million).

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