Sep 24, 2013

Crikey Clarifier: what the overhaul of Australian aid will mean

Tony Abbott is overhauling aid, cutting funding, merging AusAID with DFAT and reorienting spending. Aid expert Thulsi Narayanasamy looks into the changes and what they will mean.

The face of the Australian aid program is sure to change dramatically over the coming years.

The Coalition has long been clear on its intention to reform the $5 billion international aid program, taking AusAID further down the path of operating primarily in the national interest. Days before the election the Coalition announced it would slash the aid budget by $4.5 billion dollars. On the day the new government was sworn in, it announced that AusAID would be subsumed into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) — yielding a chorus of dismay from aid agencies.

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  1. Andybob

    What countries will be most affected by the cuts ? Presumably not PNG. Do we know how it will affect East Timor, Bougainville etc ?

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