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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Palestine)

Lee interrogates representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Australia's expenditure of aid money to Syrian refugees, Palestinian refugees in Syria, and NGOs working in Gaza following the 2014 Israeli military operations in Gaza and the West Bank.

Senator RHIANNON: Has any aid money been allocated to Syrian refugees and to Palestinian refugees in Syria?

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (DFAT training)

Lee asks the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to give details on project management training which DFAT staff are required to complete prior to managing large aid projects.

Senator RHIANNON: ...What formal project management training are DFAT staff required to complete-including monitoring and evaluation, financial management, and anticorruption measures-prior to managing large aid projects?

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Myanmar)

Mr Chiddick, First Assistant Secretary (Reconstruction and Development) from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is questioned on the types of cooperation activities we are undertaking currently with the Myanmar police, military and border security authorities. Lee also asks if any of these activities are funded through the aid program.

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (staff numbers)

Lee questions the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on staffing numbers at the Office of Development Effectiveness and the innovationXchange in DFAT.

Senator RHIANNON: ...I want to move on to some general aid questions. How many full-time equivalent staff currently work in the innovationXchange branch?

Mr McDonald: I think it is 10-

Senator RHIANNON: Ten?

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Turnbull plunders overseas aid budget - more essential programs to be cut

News that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will plunder Australia's aid budget to pay for overseas climate action creates a credibility gap for the PM and will result in increased hardship when aid programs are cut, Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"Prime Minister Turnbull's $1 billion fund for climate programs in low income countries will come from cutting back essential programs in those same countries possibly resulting in health, education and sanitation projects being wound up," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Turnbull warned on overseas aid – use MYEFO to restore funding, end Abbott era cuts

Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has warned that if the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook fails to restore funding to Australia’s overseas aid budget Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government will cause further damage to our standing with Pacific and Asian neighbours. 

‘The Prime Minister needs to be a champion of overseas aid and his leadership should start with a plan to restore funding for health, education and sanitation programs in low income countries in next week’s MYEFO statement,’ Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Prime Minister Turnbull a two-faced friend to Pacific nations

Prime Minister Turnbull’s pledge of $1 billion over five years to combat climate change is not only inadequate but it is also dishonest, Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

‘Mr Turnbull is ripping this money out of an already decimated aid budget,’ Senator Rhiannon said.

‘The money promised by the Prime Minister has previously been allocated. He is double dipping. 

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