One can hope that a very bright light is shone on the foreign aid Australia also provides in the billions, too much of which ends up in Swiss banks.
After 22 years working in the Middle East and Asia, I have observed that we are regarded as the little boy with a big mouth and too much pocket money and too often we allow our natural empathy and generosity for which we are well known to blind us to reality.
It is long overdue to change Aid policy to fund volunteer teams with skills and experience appropriate for the task, along with the food and medical aid and a battalion of troops to deliver it to the cooking pots if necessary.Mogadishu is an example.
Or we will still be doing this again and again for another 100 years. All smiles, at banquets backslapping and handshakes in front of the camera with the incestuous UNHCR?.We would have a better standing of our generosity among the recipient nations if we were to break our aid from the UN and go it alone.
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