Topic archives: ausaid

Three things our money would be better spent on than F-35s

March 30, 2016 7

The Joint Strike Fighter program is a boondoggle. Crikey intern April Dudgeon explains where taxpayers' money could go instead.

AusAID loses ‘900 years of experience’ as mandarins walk

AusAID loses ‘900 years of experience’ as mandarins walk

July 25, 2014

The dissolution of AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs has driven scores of senior professionals out of the sector, writes The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.

The lethal legacy of Brian Harradine: his long war on women’s rights

The lethal legacy of Brian Harradine: his long war on women’s rights

April 24, 2014 18

While former Tasmanian senator Brian Harradine's passing is mourned and his life celebrated, we should remember his impact on the lives of women of developing countries.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

January 22, 2014 6

Qantas cuts to finance staff? ... bureaucrats out of first class ... prison update from Derryn Hinch ...

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

January 21, 2014 2

DFAT and AusAID: a difficult marriage ... A Hottest 100 party in the nude ... A cold night for Bishop in DC ... Queensland whistleblowers: watch your back ...

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

October 25, 2013 1

NSW Health workers asked not to spruik funeral parlours ... AusAID staffers not happy with induction ... clueless on FBT? ...

Burmese refugees the forgotten victims of AusAID cuts

Burmese refugees the forgotten victims of AusAID cuts

October 24, 2013 2

With AusAID withdrawing its funding from a clinic serving Burmese refugees, where will they go now to get the treatment they need? PhD scholar at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Belinda Thompson reports.

Crikey Clarifier: what the overhaul of Australian aid will mean

Crikey Clarifier: what the overhaul of Australian aid will mean

September 24, 2013 1

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.

Budget games as foreign aid scrimped, misused and diverted

May 16, 2013 1

The budget cuts aid spending -- and worse. Gareth Bryant from AID/WATCH reports money is being directed to sending refugees home, managing live exports and even promoting mining.

Fraud just the beginning of aid program’s woes

Fraud just the beginning of aid program’s woes

March 27, 2013 3

AusAID's scholarship program is wasteful and is possibly being defrauded, writes AID/WATCH's Matt Hilton. Why are we spending millions on programs that don't work or just help a handful of people?

The thumbs-up and a lack of aid oversight in Afghanistan

The thumbs-up and a lack of aid oversight in Afghanistan

December 14, 2012 2

Friction between AusAID and consultants in Afghanistan -- including a dispute over a photo -- has left Australia without any oversight into its aid program. Freelance journalist Tom Hyland reports.

Aid for checkpoints? The militarisation of Australia’s aid

Aid for checkpoints? The militarisation of Australia’s aid

December 7, 2012

The Australian Defence Force directly delivers about half of Australia's aid to Afghanistan. There are myriad problems with this approach, writes Gareth Bryant from AID/WATCH.

Aid trimmed in budget … first cut may not be the deepest

May 10, 2012 4

Where Australia provides core funding for vaccination programs and malaria treatments, cutting back on those savings will have an immediate impact, writes international public health lecturer Joel Negin.

Is the World Bank failing girls and kids with disabilities?

January 31, 2012 2

A report suggests the World Bank is getting it wrong on the role of girls and kids with disabilities in its development programs -- but AusAID comes out OK.

Foreign aid review reveals contractors under the hammer

July 6, 2011

The era of "boomerang aid" appears to be ending as Australia's foreign aid program moves away from its reliance on private contractors.

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

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

July 13, 2010 6

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.

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

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

July 12, 2010 12

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.

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

July 12, 2010 6

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

Climate aid to developing nations: what’s in it for us?

September 25, 2009 2

In the lead-up to Copenhagen, watch for countries such as Australia to unveil big-dollar commitments of climate aid to developing countries, particularly by proposing a strong "mutual obligation" framework.

AusAid conservatives have blood on their hands

June 10, 2008 9

The religious wingnuts are lining up again to try to block removal of the restrictions that restrict AusAid from funding family planning advice, writes Bernard Keane.