Australia will slash the number of technical advisors to Papua New Guinea by a third in an attempt to eliminate wastage. Australia’s foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, confirmed the cuts as part of a plan to drastically overhaul its $457 million PNG aid program. The announcement comes less than six month after a review of the PNG-Australia Development Cooperation Treaty called for changes to the program – criticising it for putting too much of its budget towards consultancies and training.

Presenter: PNG correspondent Liam Fox reports

Speakers: Professor Stephen Howes, co-author of PNG development program review from the Australian National University; Gary Lee, AID/WATCH; Teresa Gambaro, Australian Opposition’s Foreign Aid Spokeswoman

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