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Australia cuts to PNG medical aid 'tragic but neccessary'

Australia cuts to PNG medical aid 'tragic but neccessary'

Updated 30 December 2013, 8:03 AEST

Australia's decision to withdraw $AU38 million worth of medical aid to Papua New Guinea has been described as "tragic but necessary".

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has defended the decision and says the government will only agree to fund the multi-million dollar health program for PNG if there's a fair and transparent tender process.

Stephen Howes, the director of the Australian National University's Development Policy Centre, says he'd like to see an investigation into what went wrong.

Presenter: Miriam Corowa

Speaker: Stephen Howes, Director of the Australian National University's Development Policy Centre

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