The Australian Greens say the federal government’s plan for overseas aid announced today is reminiscent of the discredited aid policies of the 1980s with Australian companies set to profit at the expense of impoverished communities in the Asia Pacific region.
“Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has corporatised Australia’s overseas aid program to such a degree it will cost lives, while opening the door to corrupt practices,” said Greens international aid and development spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.
“Aid for trade and massive spending on large scale infrastructure projects represents a far reaching realignment of our aid program towards Australia’s interests over that of aid recipient countries and communities.
“Most of the nations that receive our aid do not have a strong private sector. It will be foreign multinationals or Australian companies that will pick up the infrastructure contracts.