AN AUSTRALIAN-funded rail project in Cambodia has been marred by poor construction, botched surveys leading to the evictions of families, infighting between contractors, delays and cost overruns, a leaked official report shows.
An Australian professor working in Norway says the training and arming of the Police mobile squad in Papua New Guinea by Australian aid "has produced a large dedicated private army" used by Malaysian logging interests.
An Australian firm has pulled out of its involvement in running the Cambodian train system after criticism from aid groups. Toll says it will withdraw from the operation for one year. Aid/Watch claimed the project was forcing poor Cambodians out of their homes.