Temporary freeze on foreign aid extended

The Turnbull government will extend its temporary freeze on foreign aid for an extra year.The Turnbull government will siphon $110 million from the foreign aid budget by extending its temporary freeze for an extra year.

Aid will total $4.2 billion this financial year.

Last year, the government promised to resume indexation of the aid budget in 2021-22 but this year announced this had blown out by a year.

Money spent on humanitarian emergencies, including disaster relief, is going up by $10 million to $409.7 million.

Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands are both receiving an aid boost.

Port Moresby will be allocated an extra $46.6 million taking its assistance to $519.5 million this financial year, while Honiara receives an extra $53.4 million with its aid budget tracking to $146.1 million.

This is because an unspecified amount of cash for an undersea communications cable between and the two Pacific countries will partly come from the aid budget.

East Timor will receive $5 million in more support in the form of a police training program, bringing its support to $73 million this financial year.

Meanwhile, n is cutting aid assistance to Cambodia and Indonesia.

Indonesia is outgrowing aid assistance with a growing middle class and its economy on the cusp of going gangbusters.

The Indonesian aid budget will decrease by $30 million to $266 million this financial year.

Cambodia’s $6.3 million reduction in assistance is potentially attributed to its spiral into an authoritarian regime.

Last year the Khmer government banned the opposition party, locked up the opposition leader and forced a newspaper to close