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Backpackers v seasonal workers: lessons from across the Tasman

In New Zealand, for every 1,000 backpackers picking fruit and vegetables there are about 2,600 seasonal workers, mainly from the Pacific. In Australia, the mix is completely different. For every 1,000 backpackers there are only about 130 Pacific seasonal workers. The Australian outcome is what the...

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Aid, and the Pacific in the 2003 and 2017 Foreign Policy White Papers

Aid The last Foreign Policy White Paper was also under a Coalition Government, in 2003, when Alexander Downer was Foreign Minister. On aid at least it is vintage Downer. The document downplays the role of aid at several points, with some disarmingly frank admissions: “aid is not the key to...