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Could COVID-19 provide an opportunity to invest for the future?
As Australia steps up to meet a sudden upsurge in COVID-19 cases in neighbouring countries, Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Stephanie Williams, argues the pandemic might be a once in a lifetime opportunity to invest in better health outcomes for the region.
A hermit state? The future of Australian overseas aid
Australian aid spending has reached new lows after cuts in the latest federal budget. Foreign aid expert Peter McCawley argues what we now need is a modern and professional aid program capable of meeting non-traditional security threats at the international level and building Australia’s economic links with Asia.
Australia’s A$1.5 billion COVID-related loan to Indonesia
The Australian Government has unexpectedly announced that Australia will make a $ 1.5 billion COVID-related support loan to Indonesia. Australia’s assistance program to Indonesia has lagged somewhat in recent years. Indeed, the fall in support to Indonesia had begun to attract comment. But in one stroke, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s announcement late last week significantly strengthened Australia’s economic diplomacy in Southeast Asia, writes Peter McCawley.
How Australia has Gained from Multilateralism
Indonesia’s development has been supported over several decades by one of the largest sustained multilateral aid efforts since the Second World War. As former aid official and Indonesia expert Peter McCawley writes, Australia too has been a major beneficiary in terms of the regional stability and security aid has helped deliver, but its contribution to the total has been relatively small.
PODCAST: Regional Health Diplomacy and the COVID-19 Crisis
On 3 March, the Federal Government announced the appointment of Dr Stephanie Williams as Australia’s Ambassador for Regional Health Security. Days later, the World Health Organisation officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic disease.