Blog post

Possible downsides to a new international development policy

Previous aid review panels have been asked to write reports to provide a foundation for the policy to follow, and it is a pity that the government hasn’t trusted this panel with a more substantive role, writes Stephen Howes.
Blog post

Australia not to hit its 5% 2020 emissions reduction target till 2030

A report released last month by the Department of the Environment and Energy shows that Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 are estimated to be just 1.6% below their 2000 level. This means that, come June, we will have missed Australia’s decade-long, bipartisan and treaty...
Blog post

The Pacific Labour Scheme: is it a flop?

The Australian Government’s Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) provides workers from nine Pacific island countries for employment in rural and regional Australia for up to three years. It marked one year of operation on 30 June and according to some, there was little to celebrate. However...
Report

Moving beyond grants: questions about Australian infrastructure financing for the Pacific

This report provides background to and understanding of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's recent Townsville speech “Australia and the Pacific: a new chapter”, as well as an initial assessment of this announcement's implications.
Commentary

Why yet another visa for farm work makes no sense

Introducing yet another special agricultural employment visa might destroy the good things about the ones we've got, writes Stephen Howes.