4 May 2009

PNG trade union head calls for more discussion on how aid is spent

4:44 pm on 4 May 2009

There are calls for more discussions on how Australian aid to Papua New Guinea is distributed after the Australian Prime Minister said that too much money is being spent on consultants.

Mr Rudd says this money should instead be providing more assistance in areas like health, education and infrastructure.

John Paska the Trade Union Congress's general secretary, says more discussion is needed between the donor and the recipient country to decide how the aid money is spent.

"There's certainly room for greater consultation. I think there should be linking between the donors and the recipient organisation, recipient country, Papua New Guinea. So there should be greater consultation. If there's no such consultation then clearly there is room for improvement in that area."

John Paska says he hopes PNG will not return to the ways of the past when foreign aid went straight to the government without consultants or discussions with the aid donors on how to distribute the money.