• Australia’s new aid ambition

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      August 9, 2023

    Australia’s new approach to aid in the Pacific will emphasise the importance of local employment in infrastructure projects in contrast to China’s approach of importing Chinese workers to build a more prosperous region.

  • Partnering with the Pacific

    Joanne Wallis     |      March 11, 2023

    As Vanuatu starts the long road to recovery from tropical cyclones Judy and Kevin, which hit in quick succession over the past week, it’s an opportune time for Australia, New Zealand and the US to discuss how to improve their collective response to disasters in the region.

  • Changing the conversation on Pacific infrastructure

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      August 1, 2022

    Australia should prioritise initiatives and models that deliver social, economic and environmental benefits in its aid to the Pacific.

  • The future of Australian disaster relief

    Teagan Westendorf     |      October 28, 2021

    Faced with increasing environmental and geo-political challenges, Australia can improve its disaster relief capacity in the Pacific and beyond through a series of small but telling changes.

  • Australia’s foreign aid is shaped by domestic politics

    Philip Citowicki     |      October 5, 2021

    The Pacific Step-up is billed as one of the “highest foreign policy priorities” of Australia, however, unfavourable domestic political forces have shaped Australia’s foreign aid budget, shrinking its overall size for the past decade.

  • Multilateralism à la carte

    Carsten Bockemuehl     |      December 18, 2020

    Much has been written about the changing international order and the ‘crisis’ of multilateralism in recent months. The winds of change have been howling, and it’s time for Australia to step up to the challenge.

  • Going big and bold in the South Pacific

    Jeffrey Wall     |      September 23, 2020

    Australia should look at big and bold projects that enhance our influence and assist Pacific nations in key areas at a time when they are sorely tested in economic, social and strategic terms.

  • COVID-19 and Australian aid in the Pacific

    Terence Wood     |      August 24, 2020

    Above and beyond the COVID crisis, if Australia really wants to help the Pacific, it needs to be a global citizen. Australia can afford to increase its aid budget as aid currently represents less than one per cent of federal spending.

  • This is not the time for Australia to reduce its aid to PNG and the South Pacific

    Jeffrey Wall     |      July 30, 2020

    Australia needs to assure the people in our region that we are not neglecting them despite our own massive fiscal and economic challenges due to COVID-19.

  • Australian aid should take account of global mega-trends

    Claire Rogers     |      October 31, 2019

    The developing world is being shaped by five mega-trends which our political leaders must acknowledge to make the most of our tremendous potential to make the world a better place.

  • Aid must cover more than infrastructure

    Terence Wood     |      August 24, 2019

    Improving Pacific infrastructure will help the region’s development, but a wider range of aid is required to help Pacific islands make the most of their potential.

  • Cricket balls and “shadow values”

    Benjamin Day     |      May 7, 2019

    Like the Cameron Bancroft and Steven Smith ball tampering scandal, Australia’s foreign aid spending exemplifies the disconnect between our rhetoric and the reality of who we are and what we value as a nation.