Policy Update

Partisanship increasingly complicates Australian foreign policy and development assistance discussions

Speeches at the annual conference of the Australian Institute of International Affairs demonstrated the increasingly polarized partisan views on defense and development assistance. Australia’s overseas development and Pacific affairs minister, Alex Hawke, said Australia would maintain a "ruthless and pragmatic focus" on its interests. ASPI says Hawkes’ ministerial portfolio brings together defense and development assistance and that the government should see that development spending is the "soft end of defense".

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