Megan Williams Sean Dorney Future ideas for fast paces media in a complex world

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Megan Williams Sean Dorney Future ideas for fast paces media in a complex world

  1. 1. Future ideas for fast paced media in a complex world Facilitator: Peter Fray Panellists: Nicole Clements, Matt Wade, Sean Dorney, Erdem Koc
  2. 2. Democratic Republic of the Congo Photo: Richard Wainwright Photo: Richard Wainwright
  3. 3. Diverting aid funds On 17 December 2012, the federal government announced it would be diverting $375 million from the aid budget to pay for onshore processing of asylum seekers. Media coverage on 18 December: • SMH - the government had “deferred or cut other foreign projects to provide $375 million…” • The Age – the government “will divert up to $375 million” • The Australian – the government is “redirecting…aid….sparking concerns needier people overseas will be left in the cold.” • The Courier-Mail and The Daily Telegraph – government “slashed…the foreign aid budget under secret plans to help get its battered Budget back in the black.”
  4. 4. Diverting aid funds Media coverage on 19-20 December: • The Age and Canberra Times – Bob Carr’s office saying the detail of which areas would be affected was still to be worked out • The Age editorial described the decision as “a new low” and as a “sneaky money shuffle” • The Australian reported Labor backbenchers discontent with the decision, and also a quote from a spokesman for Wayne Swan, who said labeling the redirection of funds as a reduction in ODA was inaccurate. • The Australian also interviewed former PM Malcolm Fraser, who labelled the decision as a “total misuse of foreign aid funds”.
  5. 5. Diverting aid funds Little to no weight given in the coverage that the OECD allows for aid donors to count in-country refugee costs as ODA under its “transport and temporary sustenance” clause, for a period of 12 months. This piece in Crikey by AID/WATCH touched on it: “Many asylum seekers wait several years for their claims to be processed face the prospect of indefinite detention. It is therefore likely aid will be used to fund prolonged detention – against OECD rules.”
  6. 6. Diverting aid funds The details to the diverted funding came from AusAID in a press release on 8 February 2013. AusAID’s director-general Peter Baxter and Foreign Minister Bob Carr then appeared before the Senate Estimates Committee the following week, where it was said: • AusAID hasn’t cancelled programs, rather delayed or deferred some; • Very small reductions across a large number of programs to minimise the impact; and • ODA money used for similar purposes in the US, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway and Canada.
  7. 7. Future ideas for fast paced media in a complex world Facilitator: Peter Fray Panellists: Nicole Clements, Matt Wade, Sean Dorney, Erdem Koc

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