Under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia’s A$4 billion foreign aid programme has ramped up its focus on the Asia-Pacific amid unease over China’s growing influence in the region. Photo: Bloomberg
Under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia’s A$4 billion foreign aid programme has ramped up its focus on the Asia-Pacific amid unease over China’s growing influence in the region. Photo: Bloomberg
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Australia cut foreign aid oversight to save costs, new document reveals, as it ramps up Asia-Pacific outreach to counter China

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade last year closed two bodies monitoring its US$3 billion overseas aid programme, which has focused on the region as Beijing’s influence grows
  • While it said the bodies’ ‘core functions’ would continue, the document shows staff were cut and ‘strategic evaluations’ entirely removed, prompting criticism from aid groups and scholars

Under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia’s A$4 billion foreign aid programme has ramped up its focus on the Asia-Pacific amid unease over China’s growing influence in the region. Photo: Bloomberg
Under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia’s A$4 billion foreign aid programme has ramped up its focus on the Asia-Pacific amid unease over China’s growing influence in the region. Photo: Bloomberg
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