Controversial Senator David Leyonhjelm says Australia should abandon foreign aid

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Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm had a wide-ranging chat with Tom Elliott.

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm had a wide-ranging chat with Tom Elliott.

Controversial Senator David Leyonhjelm says Australia should cut foreign aid to Indonesia.

But not as a direct response to the executions of convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The Liberal Democrat told Tom Elliott his party was against foreign aid in any case, unless it was a response to a disaster.

"We need to look at this as a separate issue," Mr Leyonhjelm said on 3AW Drive.

"We are opposed to foreign aid as a party – other than humanitarian relief like what Nepal needs right now.

"The reason is because it doesn't actually do much good."

WATCH: David Leyonhjelm shares his thoughts on a range of topics on 3AW

Mr Leyonhjelm said his party was "strongly opposed" to the death penalty but questioned Australia's response to the killings.

"We don't think any government should have so much power that they feel entitled to kill people, but in the scheme of things, is it more important that these two Australians were executed than 5000 Nepalese being killed in an earthquake?" he said.

Mr Leyonhjelm also shared his thoughts on the need for tax reform and changes to the welfare system.

 

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