A rot has developed in the Palestinian aid debate and it's hurting everyday people.
Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has announced a $3 billion Pacific infrastructure funding package, the Democrats have scored a victory in the US midterms, and Victorian Labor plan 50% renewables by 2030. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Crikey speaks with filmmaker and author Antony Loewenstein about how international aid has been failing countries in crisis for decades -- often intentionally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.