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Who profits from our foreign aid? is a joint investigation between the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism and Crikey. This week we’ll profile the big players of Australian Foreign Aid – GHD, Cardno and Coffey, speak to aid workers in the field and run expert commentary on the state of Australia’s foreign aid.


Why privatisation should be on the agenda

The Crikey/ACIJ series on Australian companies profiting from the foreign aid budget is a welcome discussion of the rapid privatisation of services in Australia and overseas, an area largely ignored by the mainstream media.

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Who profits from our foreign aid? AusAID admits it was wrong on GRM International ownership

AusAID has told ACIJ that it was wrong in its previous answer about who owned the international development company GRM International until the end of last year, writes Australian Centre for Independent Journalism’s director Wendy Bacon.

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Who profits from our foreign aid?: carving up the pie, where the little-known dominate

Who profits from our foreign aid? Today, continuing Crikey’s special coverage, we carve up the cake to show who’s getting what from Australia’s foreign aid budget. The biggest benefactors are not who you think. Rather than the big NGOs, who actually get very little government aid money to deliver programs, the little-known Coffey International tops […]

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Who profits from our foreign aid? Growing your business — Cardno-style

The Australian Centre for Independent Journalism’s Wendy Bacon and Michelle Stephenson look at who gets what slice of the Australian aid pie.

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Who profits from our foreign aid? Snapshots of a multimillion dollar industry

ACIJ’s Michelle Stephenson and Wendy Bacon begin our corporate aid snapshots with GHD International, in the latest installment of Crikey’s Who Profits From our Foreign Aid? series.

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Who profits from our foreign aid? Export Finance and Investment Corporation steps up

Wendy Bacon and Flint Duxfields report for the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism for the second installment in Crikey’s Who profits from our foreign aid? series.

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Who profits from our foreign aid? From cattle company to global aid

When James’ father Kerry Packer purchased both companies in 1993, GRM was an agricultural company managing rural investments and thousands of cattle in Queensland. Here’s how it grew from a cattle company to a Foreign Aid giant.

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We have a shameful record when it comes to Timor aid

One dangerous anomaly is that the refugees may well end up living in better conditions than most Timorese, which would be difficult to avoid.

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Reading the fine print on our foreign aid billions

Some important issues are just too slippery, too remote or too big to wrap your head around. Foreign aid is one of them.

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Who profits from our foreign aid? The untold story of GRM International

For nearly a decade one of Australia’s most successful aid companies and its biggest casino operator were owned by the same company.Wendy Bacon and Flint Duxfield tell the untold story of GRM International.

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Who profits from our foreign aid?: the ‘technical assistance’ making business rich

Australia’s “boomerang aid” has been making corporate Australia very rich for years. In a new Crikey series, the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism will reveal the huge gap in accountability for taxpayers’ foreign aid funding

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