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Should aid be given to further Australia's national interest?

posted by: Sam, 19 Mar 2011, 14:34 PM     category: 5. Reviews, evaluation & risk

At present, the official objective of Australia’s aid program is to ‘assist developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia’s national interests. Is this fair? Should our aid money be used to further our strategic commercial and geopolitical goals? Or should it be used purely to alleviate poverty in our neighbouring developing countries? Discuss.