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Bishop defends suspending PNG health funding

Bishop defends suspending PNG health funding

Updated 27 December 2013, 17:38 AEDT

The Australian Government says it will only reinstate the 38-million-dollars for PNG if there's a fair and transparent tender process.

Previously, Australia's aid agency chose the supplier and distributer for a program that supplies medicine to health clinics across the country.

But this year that process was handled by PNG.

The Australia Government recently withdrew the funding after P-N-G awarded the contract to a company called Borneo Pacific, which reportedly supplies sub-standard drugs from China.

The Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia offered its support on the condition that the contract go to an internationally certified supplier.

Reporter: Jane Norman

Speaker: Julie Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister

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