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A risky proposition? Australian aid loans and the Pacific

Just because other donors have struggled to lend successfully in the Pacific does not mean Australia is destined to fail. But the track record of loans in the region provides cause for caution.
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Australia’s seasonal worker program now bigger than NZ’s

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), which allows workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste to work on Australian farms for up to nine months, grew by 44% in 2018-19 or by some 3,000 workers – the largest absolute increase ever and one of the highest percentage...
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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...
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LDC graduation and the Pacific

Based largely on the experiences of African countries, the least developed country (LDC) category was created as a recognition that certain countries face particularly serious obstacles to achieving the structural transformation needed to advance economically and socially. Most non-LDC developing countries (the great majority) still...
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Kiribati's unique economic structure

With 110,136 people spread across 33 atolls and 3.5 million square kilometres of ocean, Kiribati faces significant economic and service delivery challenges. In addition to being one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, and one most affected by climate change, other challenges stem...
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Kiribati: what will it lose when it graduates?

The graduation of Kiribati from Least Developed Country (LDC) status is currently under review. Kiribati has met the formal criteria for graduation, and if this occurs, the Micronesian nation would lose access to the International Support Measures (ISMs) that LDCs are entitled to, including market...
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The horticulture labour shortage myth

In an era where structural aid cuts have undermined Australia’s capacity to deliver poverty reduction, there should be a more active approach to support a broader development agenda which includes migration, argues Henry Sherell.
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Could governments learn better?

Adequately designed and implemented public policies have the power to transform economies and improve the quality of life of citizens, writes Sandra Naranjo Bautista.
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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...
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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.