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The truth of how, and why, our aid system keeps poor countries poor

The truth of how, and why, our aid system keeps poor countries poor

Crikey speaks with filmmaker and author Antony Loewenstein about how international aid has been failing countries in crisis for decades -- often intentionally.

Crikey Worm: Australia is going on a spy hunt

Crikey Worm: Australia is going on a spy hunt

Good morning, early birds. Senior security and intelligence personnel discuss a dramatic change to the way Australia deals with suspected foreign spies. Plus, Australia delivers "one of the worst aid projects in the South Pacific". It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Rundle: those Libs in a tizzy about China giving aid are gobsmackingly hypocritical

Rundle: those Libs in a tizzy about China giving aid are gobsmackingly hypocritical

So the government is worried about China giving out "useless" aid to developing nations. Well, at least China doesn’t bomb countries to rubble before handing out the money.

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

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

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

Bishop’s ‘Googly, Facebooky’ $500 beanbags

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)

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

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

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

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

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.