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Why cutting foreign aid (again) is such a terrible idea

Professor Damien Kingsbury May 10, 2017 2 Comments

Foreign aid is intended not only as a humanitarian gesture but is also to help circumvent potential longer term problems of poor governance, instability and potential for conflict.

Bishop’s ‘Googly, Facebooky’ $500 beanbags

Josh Taylor December 9, 2015 6 Comments

The government already has an agile, innovative and confusingly capitalised department. Completely with outrageously expensive beanbag chairs.

Essential: two to one in favour of same-sex marriage (but no vote-shifter)

Essential: two to one in favour of same-sex marriage (but no vote-shifter)

Bernard Keane June 2, 2015

Today's Essential Report shows Tony Abbott recovering in the eyes of voters back to the levels of December last year, when they merely disliked him. But there's still no budget bounce.

A deeply unfair budget for our Asian neighbours

A deeply unfair budget for our Asian neighbours

Michael Sainsbury May 13, 2015 4 Comments

When Hockey and Abbott talked up this budget of "fairness", they neglected to mention the fiscal kindness wouldn't extend beyond Australian borders -- well, except to Cambodia.

What Joe should tell his colleagues about his budget

What Joe should tell his colleagues about his budget

Bernard Keane March 24, 2015 20 Comments

Joe Hockey's budget message has been complicated not just by confusion within the government but by the government's readiness to look after its mates.

There are problems with foreign aid, but Bishop has solved none of them

There are problems with foreign aid, but Bishop has solved none of them

Crikey June 25, 2014 2 Comments

An "overhaul" of Australia's foreign aid program is largely not new, and fundamentally fails to address the difficult questions on how to make aid more effective. Aid analyst Thulsi Narayanasamy unpacks the policy.

Foreign affairs: savage aid cuts will hurt the poorest in Asia

Foreign affairs: savage aid cuts will hurt the poorest in Asia

Professor Damien Kingsbury May 14, 2014 3 Comments

Joe Hockey has deeply cut the foreign aid budget, ignoring a commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals. The real losers will be the millions in the Asia-Pacific on the poverty line.

Stand down, there is no budget emergency after all

Stand down, there is no budget emergency after all

Crikey May 13, 2014 5 Comments

Reports of the budged emergency have been wildly inflated in order to give the rich a free pass, writes Richard Denniss, economist and executive director of The Australia Institute.

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

Bernard Keane April 24, 2014 18 Comments

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.

Burmese refugees the forgotten victims of AusAID cuts

Burmese refugees the forgotten victims of AusAID cuts

Crikey October 24, 2013 2 Comments

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.