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  • LINDA MOTTRAM: Eight years ago, wandering British backpacker Lee Sheridan landed in Laos and, as sometimes happens with backpackers, he never left. Now he’s the general manager of the Laos franchise of business support company Teamworkz, employing a small group of locals and planning to expand the company’s services in online accommodation booking. Already they’re […]

  • Article originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald An Australian-led peace mission in the Solomon Islands has created a virtual apartheid by driving up prices in the capital and should be wound down, an academic says. Tim Anderson, who has written a report on the mission for a foreign aid watchdog, says personnel with the […]

  • Article originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald By Craig Skehan THE Australian Federal Police has confirmed three of its officers trained 20 Burmese police in intelligence gathering, as the international group Aidwatch warned that such co-operation should be curtailed amid the brutal suppression of democracy activists. The 20 police were among more than 70 […]

  • Post appeared on Devex In a new report, Aid Watch revealed that Australian officials used over A$170 million ($146 million) in Iraq aid for Australia’s own gain. “Far from protecting Iraq’s own food security, which was the stated objective of Australia’s aid mission, Australian officials paid by AusAid focused on guaranteeing ongoing wheat contracts for […]

  • Article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. By Debra Jopson. THE Federal Government has wrongly counted $113 million it is spending on supporting refugees during their first year in Australia as foreign aid, a Sydney-based watchdog says. This has contributed to almost $1 billion of the $3 billion Canberra is spending on foreign development assistance […]

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