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Australian ‘aid’ aims to ensure Bougainville subservience

The Australian government has already assumed the role of regional sheriff and wants to sit astride a region of compliant states and micro-states. This means other countries markets and resources should be open to foreign capital without barriers such as the muscular protection of landowner rights, or strong environmental laws. Australia is targeting its aid spending to ensure Bougainville fits this model.

Whatever the future for Bougainville, Australia wants to ensure the island is a subservient neighbor providing a supporting role to Australia’s own economic and political interests. Australia is therefore targeting its aid spending to ensure that outcome, placing consultants in key political and financial roles and neglecting health and other people-centered sectors.

Australia’s emphasis is clearly demonstrated in new figures that show the breakdown of aid spending by Australia on consultants for the resource-rich island of Bougianville.

Figures released by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (see below) show that over 90% of $2.9 million per annum spent on the wages of consultant working for Australia on Bougainville is directed at ensuring Australian political structures, policy priorities, economic models, and security interests dominate in the new Bougainville government and bureaucracy.

In contrast, less than 9% of spending is targeted at health and HIV prevention and Australia is spending NOTHING on consultants for agriculture development, extension services to support self-sufficiency or women’s and youth programs.

In all, Australia is funding 22 consultant positions on Bougainville. Twenty-one of those consultants are working on governance, law and justice and mining programs.

Over half the consultants are working directly with government departments, writing legislation and advising on the drafting of policy, financial management and  procurement.

This all means Australia in a powerful position to ensure its interests and those of its largest corporations are well taken care of in Bougainville’s future.

As a state-builder, Australia builds in its own image, and wants to ensure Melanesian countries act as stewards for foreign companies rather than as the protectors of their own citizens. As a result the people have already had to suffer at the hands of transnational corporations like Rio Tinto, BHP, Rimbunan Hijau and Exxon-Mobil – and it looks as if Bougainville will continue the trend…



  1. Dr William Dampier
    April 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    What rubbish! If the Australian Government didn’t send Aid there would whining. When they do , and ensure the cash isn’t syphoned off corruptly like it is in Port Moresby / the Solomons / Indo….etc etc you whine.

    If they think “Aid” from the Chinese / Americans / French or whomever would be any different they should wake up and look around, specifically at what has happened to the 10 Billion the Australian taxpayers have spent in PNG the past 4 decades. Most of it has been used to buy real estate in Australia for corrupt politicians and their cronies in PNG etc.

  2. pkay
    April 11, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    The only thing PNGexposed is exposing in articles such as this is how very careless it always handles the truth. The individuals that write and provide this kind of information are feeding this blog fodder that I can only call garbage. The expose they try to reveal through graphs, tables and matrix only reveal how selective and biased some of these known foreign individuals are in their shoddy attempts to influence and manipulate opinion. They won’t succeed because the truth will always prevail.

  3. April 12, 2014 at 6:46 am

    There is a film which documents the War during the Blockade the and effects on the People and their lifestyles, hiding deep in Jungle to avoid the “patrol boats, helicopters and Care centres”.

    To understand Bougainville and the people and processes in War; – Watch this film which has won many Awards around the Globe and is lucky available via iTunes in most Countries Global.

    help spread the work of independent media and film makers and ensure you friends and family get a copy.




  4. Elle
    April 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Can you please post a link to the source of the information in this article? I can’t find this data on Australian government websites. Thanks.

  5. December 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    If Australia is really worried about Bougainville it should fund agriculture right across the island thus promoting self reliance and self determination.Well it seems that Australia is taking control of Bougainville by manipulating Bougainvilles constitution.What right have Australia got to consult to write our constitution,she doesn’t know Bougainville.Henry.

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