Two former heads of intelligence call for increased foreign assistance from Australia

In a podcast series launched by the Australian Council for International Development, Richard Maude and Alan Gyngell have called for Australia to increase its foreign assistance budget. Both men were previously heads of Australia's intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments.

Maude, now in the role of Executive Director of the Asia Society Australia, indicated that Australia’s step up in the Pacific had come at the expense of areas in the Indo-Pacific region. Gyngell emphasized the need to update Australia’s foreign policy and put more emphasis on soft power compared to the amount of attention going to intelligence agencies and defense.

News article - Brisbane Times