28 Apr 2005

Australian aid to PNG spent on Australian police - report

3:31 pm on 28 April 2005

An Australian aid watchdog group says the bulk of the money Australia will provide for its Enhanced Co-operation Programme in Papua New Guinea will be spent on paying and housing Australian personnel.

The National newspaper quotes an AID/Watch report that says 43 percent of the five-year, 653 million US dollars package will be used for Australian Federal police salaries and accommodation.

The watchdog group points out that most major real estate agencies in Port Moresby are owned by Australian interests.

AID/Watch is also quoted as saying that based on AusAID figures half the money will be spent on Australian Police logistics and operational costs.