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Canadian Forces troops assist a U.S. Navy helicopter unload its cargo of aid at the airport in Jacmel, Haiti in January 2010. Canada uses the rhetoric of a global foreign aid leader, but in fact, it’s a laggard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Neither hero nor villain: Canada stuck in the middle of the pack on international aid

Compared to the size of our economy, Canadian aid has been slipping since the 1980s, and we now lag behind most other donors. Our rhetoric is unmatched by action.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop hopes the New Colombo Plan can bring Australians closer to Asia. AAP

New Colombo Plan can change how we see Asia – if done right

The government has high hopes that the New Colombo Plan will lead to a more Asia-literate society and people-to-people links will improve our relations with Asian nations in the program. But for this to…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed to improve relations with Indonesia through a new studies centre based in Australia. EPA/ADI WEDA

New Indonesian studies centre to improve ties with our northern neighbour

As part of his first trip to Indonesia as prime minister, Tony Abbott yesterday announced the establishment of an Australian…
What does the future hold for young adults under a Coalition government? AAP/Julian Smith

Young people, employment and the Coalition’s regional challenge

The Coalition government has begun its term in office with some controversial policy proposals related to Australia’s international engagement. These include cuts to international aid, hardline responses…

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