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Afghan aid boost welcome, checks needed on support for mining industry

Greens Senator and overseas aid spokesperson Lee Rhiannon today welcomed plans to increase Australia's aid contribution to Afghanistan but warned that benefits for Afghan people may be limited if there is too much focus on aid money being used to open up Afghanistan to overseas mining interests.

 "Boosting Australia's aid to Afghanistan is good news but its effectiveness will depend on Foreign Minister Bob Carr putting his weight behind programs focused on poverty alleviation, infrastructure and governance", said Senator Rhiannon.

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Greens secure support for inquiry into aid in Afghanistan

The Australian Greens last night secured support for a Senate Inquiry into Australia’s aid program in Afghanistan (terms of reference below).

“This inquiry will be an opportunity to shine a light on Australia’s current aid program in Afghanistan and capture lessons to ensure our aid program makes a real difference to the lives of Afghan people into the future”, said Greens Senator and overseas aid spokesperson Lee Rhiannon

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