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Date Posted: Fri, Apr 29 2005, 09:46:47am

Cut & paste "The National"


Boomerang aid?


THE bulk of the money Australia will provide for the Enhanced Cooperation Programme will be spent on salaries and accommodation of personnel sent to PNG, a private group has revealed. According to non-profit aid watchdog AIDWatch, 43% or K860 million from the K2 billion to be provided under the five-year aid package for PNG will be used for Australian Federal Police salaries and accommodation alone.
In its Feb 12 publication, the organisation also pointed out that about K1 billion (50%) from the total of K2 billion would be spent on AFP logistics and operational costs.
The Royal PNG Constabulary will receive only K140 million over the next five years for technical assistance whereas much of the money in the programme goes back to Australia, said AIDWatch, quoting Australian aid agency AusAID figures on funds distribution under the programme.
AIDWatch was highly critical of Australian Assisting Police Commander Barry Turner who earlier this year made remarks that “boomerang aid was not an issue” with the Enhanced Cooperation Programme in PNG.
The Watchdog group said “the people of PNG have real reason to believe otherwise” and that much of the amount will flow back to Australia.
“With $800 million (K2billion) dedicated to the ECP, the amount dedicated to salaries and accommodation of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) is $339.6 million (K860 million).
“It is well known in PNG that the major real estate agencies in Port Moresby are owned by Australian interests and salaries are building up in Australian bank accounts while the AFP officers receive per diems (stipends) while operating outside Australia,” the AIDWatch publication stated.
“The amount of money budgeted for logistics and operational costs, $394.59 million (about K1billion) makes up less than half of the total costs of the five year ECP.
“Whilst some of this money may stay in PNG with local contractors in purchasing local goods and services, it is not clear what the precise monetary term will be.
“The people of PNG should be calling on the Australian Government to come clean on this issue and state exactly how much of this $394 million will flow back to Australia,” AIDWATCH said.
The Australian Assisting Police has remained quiet on the average amount it costs per year for each of their personnel deployed in PNG under the Enhanced Cooperation Programme Package.
When asked by The National, a police media unit spokesperson responded that: “As a matter of policy, the Australian Assisting Police (AAP) does not publicly provide details on the cost of deploying individual AAP members.”
There are currently 149 AAP officers deployed in Port Moresby, and according to independent sources, AAP constables receive around K7000 per fortnight whiles sergeants receive up to K12,000 fortnightly.
Most of these officers on deployment are paid K300 per day in per diems, equivalent to what their security forces counterparts currently on deployment in Iraq are receiving.

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Date Posted: Fri, Apr 29 2005, 09:59:26am

I posted these links at the wantoks forum some months ago, but they were lost in the archives, in light of the article in the paper, here are the links to Aidwatch -

maybe someone is interested in reading these articles.

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AIDWATCH

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Date Posted: Sat, Apr 30 2005, 01:30:47am

Sankio for the links.

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[> [> [> Subject: This forum is cool....


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hawk~eye (visitor)
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Date Posted: Sat, Apr 30 2005, 01:45:50am

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Kaim
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Date Posted: Sat, Apr 30 2005, 09:21:42am

Man, the truth is staggering in deed. Got a print out of the materials in these links.

A very sobering revelation!
The report may appear somewhat controversial but, I bet my last toea that all the indicators are clear to substantiate the claims if "facts and figures" are what they say the world revolves around on.

Kaim Ultange

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[> [> Subject: Boomerang Aid - Part 11


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Date Posted: Mon, May 02 2005, 11:49:30am

part 11

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[> Subject: Re: Boomerang Aid


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Date Posted: Fri, Nov 03 2006, 10:45:48pm

Hi,
I am an Australian nurse. 2 years ago I was sent by AusAid to a highlands town hospital for 2weeks to help them prepare for accreditation. Aus Aid paid about AU$1600 for my airfare, plus my usual wage (~AU$28/hr) and a daily allowance (I can't remember exactly, but maybe AU$30/day). I spent money while in PNG that time on food and lots of presents to take home.

I still don't know the answer to the question... "how would that money have been better spent for PNG"?

Was my expertise worthwhile? Was it worth all that money? Would it have been better spent on something tangible like sheets, mattresses or medical equipment?

Certainly I saw a huge amount of donated goods lying in waste because of lack of knowledge in how to use them. An equal amount of donated goods were totally useless (eg. parts for medical machinery not in PNG at all).

Should we be donating money for consumables such as rubber gloves, sheets, dressings etc? Or would that be wasted because such goods will run out.

I really don't know.

Another outcome was that 2 years later, I have gone back to PNG as a tourist. On this trip I spent about AU$4000 in PNG over three weeks. The money went on domestic air fares, accommodation and food, a few bilums and carvings, PMV fares and local tour guides (Enga experience in Sari Village was the best!!!).

Lisa x

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ayla_aus
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Date Posted: Fri, Nov 03 2006, 10:47:46pm

ps...
I am now in thousands of dollars debt on my Visa Card... but it was worth it. I wanted to visit Enga before my friend (now 64yo) got too old to go!

Lisa x

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katt
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Date Posted: Sun, Nov 05 2006, 06:06:51pm

There is no question that the work that you did under the AusAid programe was beneficially, and from all accounts for very little money. There are many individuals like yourself that work "hands on" and do so not for the "love of money". Under what programe where you employed and how much was the orginal contract worth, what was the profit margin to the contractor if there was one?

The AusAid program is big business, big money and the Australian contractors that are awarded these huge contracts are in the business of making a profit.

If you have read any of the Aid Watch reports you will note that most contracts are awarded to Australian Companies. In the period 2002-2004, 19 Australian companies had been awarded AusAid Contracts totalling over 66Million, (hence the name "boomerang Aid), only 2 companies from PNG received contracts totally 12Million.

I do feel that the AusAID should make public, the amount of profit that Australian firms are generating from the aid program, and generally more media reporting on projects when they are completed.

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Lisa
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 11 2006, 12:31:04am

Actually I feel guilty, Katt, because I received my normal wage while away... and yes.. nost of my wage stayed in Australia... paying off my morgage etc.

However, while I was away, the government had to pay an extra nurse to take my place, so it DID cost the government significant amount of money to send me.

Is this boomerang aid? The government was thousands of dollars down in wages and airfares for sending me.

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katt
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 11 2006, 09:29:07am

I'm sorry if my comments made you feel guilty, I certainly don't want you to feel that way from comments, as I said above "there are many individuals like yourself that work "hands on" and do so not for the "love of money".

We all need to earn a living and survive in this world, the work you did was beneficial.

My thoughts on "boomerang aid" are to do with the profit margins of these companies that work in PNG, why are so many contracts awarded to overseas companies and why isn't there programs in place to help more PNG companies work towards achieving contracts?

cheers :)

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katt
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 11 2006, 09:35:17am

There is a report at the worldvision website that mght interest viewers called "Papua New Guinean perspectives on a good life"

http://www.worldvision.com.au/learn/policyandreports/

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Date Posted: Sun, Nov 12 2006, 08:33:00pm

Great article there, Katt.

Thank you for letting us know of this article.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Boomerang Aid


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Spy
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 04 2006, 03:13:06pm

Hi Lisa,

Congrats on visiting our province Enga. I am sure you'll recommend to others as well.

The "Boomerang Aid" as others allude is somewhat an assistance that PNG needs. The simple fact that our law and order situation in PNG is alarming, we need any form of help to combat this situation from any generous people.

How much of the aid money goes back to Australia for that matter to any other donor country is immaterial. The fact is if these forms of aid changes some peoples life and improve our security at home is more of a tangible outcome that we all should be supporting.

However, if the Australian AIDS are tied aids that adds to the government foreign debts, then the call to scrutinise how much actual money is spent in PNG and consequently how much the PNG people owe Australia is substantiated.

Cheers,
spy

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