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In a new report, Aid Watch revealed that Australian officials used over A$170 million ($146 million) in Iraq aid for Australia’s own gain. “Far from protecting Iraq’s own food security, which was the stated objective of Australia’s aid mission, Australian officials paid by AusAid focused on guaranteeing ongoing wheat contracts for Australian companies and removing subsidies and protections for Iraqi producers in ways that gave considerable advantages to Australian farmers,” Aid Watch spokesman Flint Duxfield said. The group now wants an audit of Canberra’s aid to Iraq since 2003. (Source: Aust ‘misused’ $170m Iraq aid/Australian Broadcasting Corp.)

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