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Committee to discuss Australia's aid program in Sydney



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Committee to discuss Australia's aid program in Sydney

A parliamentary committee will discuss Australia’s aid program in Sydney on Monday.

The Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is examining the strategic effectiveness and outcomes of Australia’s aid program in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly the role of the private sector, local procurement, trade development, innovation, and improving outcomes for women and girls. The Sub-Committee will meet with representatives from a range of organisations at a public hearing on Monday 2 July in Sydney.

Chair of the Sub-Committee, Mr Chris Crewther MP, said the Sub-Committee welcomed the opportunity to discuss Australia’s aid program with NGOs, advocates, business groups and academics, including the Export Council of Australia.

“The Sub-Committee looks forward to exploring how Australian aid is supporting countries in our region, and examining ways to ensure that our aid dollars are helping our aid partners build strong, prosperous and sustainable local economies,” Mr Crewther said.

Public hearing details: 9:45am to 4:00pm, Monday 2 July, Northcott Room, Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney

The program is available from the committee’s website: www.aph.gov.au/aidprogramoutcomes.

This hearing will be streamed live at www.aph.gov.au/live.

Media enquiries: Mr Chris Crewther MP (Dunkley, Victoria), Chair of the Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Contact: Laura Lloyd or Nathan Hersey on (03) 9781 2333

For background: Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (02) 6277 2313 jscfadt@aph.gov.au

Interested members of the public may wish to track the committee via the website. Click on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner and use the forms to login to My Parliament or to register for a My Parliament account.