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Australia is speaking plainly to PNG on aid change request

So why is Australia responding so negatively to Papua New Guinea's request to replace development assistance with direct budget support? Jonathan Pryke, research fellow at the Lowy Institute, says the fact that this message is coming from a junior minister could be a way for the government to send a tough message without directly risking the diplomatic reputation of foreign minister Julie Bishop.

Australian Minister warns PNG aid is not a charity

Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific has warned Papua New Guinea that the country's aid program is not a charity. This follows the unexpected request from the PNG government for Australian development assistance to the country to go back to the way it was spent in the 1990s by directly supporting budget spending. That was changed due to concerns about how the money was being spent, including worries about corruption. The Minister, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, says while PNG's request will be considered, there are pressures on Australian politicians to be very careful about foreign aid spending. Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

Kundiawa hospital plans to create quality cancer ward for Highlanders after overhaul announced by Health Department

The Papua New Guinea health department says there will be more options for cancer sufferers in the future with services to be expanded significantly.

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