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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Australia-Indonesia education partnership)

Senator RHIANNON: Thank you. I would like to move on to Indonesia. The web page for the Australia-Indonesia education partnership notes $524 million in funding for this program is under revision following consultation with partners. What is the status of these consultations and will funding for this program be reduced?

Mr Cox: Could you repeat the name of the program that you are referring to?

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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 (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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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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Speech: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Lee speaks on Palestine following her attendance at an event on the UN's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (23:33):
On 29 November it was the UN's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. I was fortunate to join the Australian Palestinian Professionals Association, the Palestine Support Network Australia and the ambassador of the State of Palestine, His Excellency Ambassador Izzat Abdulhadi, at a celebration in Sydney.

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