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  • Australian aid to PNG: a new paradigm?

    Posted 23/05/2014 by Ravi Tomar
    While most commentary on Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget for 2014–15 has focussed on the overall outlay, what has largely been overlooked have been the allocations for the two largest recipients of Australian aid—Indonesia and PNG. Read more...

    TAGS: aid, Papua New Guinea

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  • Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RSA) and Australian aid to Papua New Guinea

    Posted 26/07/2013 by Ravi Tomar
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    Debate over the recent RSA agreement between Australia and PNG has resulted in the potential implications for Australia’s bilateral aid program being largely misinterpreted.On 15 July 2013, during Prime Minister Rudd’s visit to PNG, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said:Today the Prime Minister and I agreed to moving forward many of the programs that we have agreed to so that we can start implementing many of those initiatives that we have initially signed as part of the ongoing programs that we hav... Read more...

    TAGS: aid, Papua New Guinea, refugees

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  • 'Reprioritising' Australia's aid budget

    Posted 25/03/2013 by Ravi Tomar
    
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    In 17 December 2012, Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced that the government would report up to $375 million as support for asylum seekers waiting to have their claims heard in Australia. In effect this meant that $375.1 million would be diverted from the overall aid budget to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. The reallocation represents an effective cut of 7.3 per cent to other elements of the aid budget. The Australian Federal Police and the Australian Centre for International Agr... Read more...

    TAGS: aid, Indonesia, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea

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  • PNG parliament votes to allow reserved seats for women

    Posted 6/12/2011 by Joy McCann
    
    In a historic vote, the Parliament of Papua New Guinea has passed a bill allowing 22 parliamentary seats to be reserved for women MPs. On 23 November 2011, the Equality and Participation Bill (or ‘Women’s Bill’) received 72 votes to two, with several members abstaining and some absent. PNG has had four women Members of Parliament since the country’s independence in 1975, and currently has only one woman MP—Dame Carol Kidu—who sponsored the Bill. In a recent ABC radio interview, the Qu... Read more...

    TAGS: Papua New Guinea, reserved seats, women

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