Australia to commit a further $5m in aid to South Sudan

THE Federal Government will provide a further $5 million in humanitarian assistance to South Sudan bringing Australia's contribution to the crisis to more than $18 million since conflict began.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said on Sunday the funding would go to the United Nation's South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund.

She said the fund was established to support provision of emergency food, water, sanitation, shelter, medical assistance and support for the protection of civilians.

"In addition to emergency funding, Australia provided RAAF airlift support, used to transport critical humanitarian supplies into South Sudan, in addition to the ADF contingent that has been deployed with the UN Mission in South Sudan since its inception," she said.

"Violence has forced more than 1 million people from their homes and millions are facing emergency levels of food insecurity as a result of ongoing internal conflict."

Opposition Foreign Minister Tanya Plibersek said Australia could and should do more in response to the food crisis in South Sudan.

"The 'fair share' analysis released by Oxfam shows Australia should be contributing around $26 million this year, which is almost twice the amount it currently does," she said.

"Instead of lifting our efforts, the largest single cut in the Abbott Government's budget was to foreign aid, with one in every five dollars saved at the expense of the world's poor."

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