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Australia's diplomatic network seriously deficient and underfunded - report

Australia's diplomatic network seriously deficient and underfunded - report

Updated 30 October 2012, 9:34 AEDT

A report tabled in the Australian Parliament today has taken some of the shine off the government's grand global vision outlined in the Asian Century White Paper.

A bi-partisan parliamentary committee has found Australia's diplomatic network is seriously deficient and chronically underfunded.

Australia has 95 diplomatic posts in 77 countries, but the committee says that is not enough, adding that the lack of a strong global network could mean Australia is missing out on trade and other opportunities.

The Government says it would love to grow Australia's diplomatic presence, but that there just isn't enough money to do everything the report suggests.

Correspondent: Stephanie March

Speakers: Nick Champion, chair of bi-partisan parliamentary committee on global diplomacy; Sharman Stone, Liberal party member and member of parliamentary committee; Richard Marles, parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs

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