Richard Maud, Director of the Crawford Leadership Forum at the Australian National University (ANU), has called for an update of Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper. He points to a range of challenges not apparent in 2017 when Australia's current White Paper was issued. Specifically, Maud argues that Australia's development assistance program budget is inadequate for supporting countries in the region in dealing with the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, despite the fact that supporting the region with its economic recovery from COVID-19 is clearly in Australia's national interest. He expresses concern that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) budget continues to shrink despite growing challenges.
Maud was previously a Deputy Secretary of DFAT.