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  1. Tess Newton Cain
    Tess Newton Cain July 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks Stephen for this clear exposition of some of the aid-related issues. It would appear that not only has the ‘realignment’ led to a commitment to capex spending but that these projects have been fast tracked with scoping activities already underway (although as you say, it will be a while before sods are actually turned). In addition to how this affects Australian aid to PNG we have yet to see what if any will be the knock-on effects elsewhere in the region – in the short term it would seem from your analysis that there are unlikely to be many but if support to resettled refugees is deemed to be ODA then it seems to me that there could likely be cuts elsewhere…would be interested to know your thoughts on that.

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