Watch group: Australian aid used to promote commercial interests in Iraq

A report by the independent Aid Watch group raised serious concerns over the use of the aid to further Australian commercial interests in Iraq.

Watch group: Australian aid used to promote commercial interests in Iraq
A report by the independent Aid Watch group raised serious concerns over the use of the aid to further Australian commercial interests in Iraq.

It said that the aid was used to promote the interests of the Australian companies against the interests of the Iraqi people calling for a thorough public Inquiry into the misuse of Australian aid to Iraq. Aid Watch spokesman Flint Duxfield said the group called for a full audit of the Australian aid to Iraq.

"This loose use of language by the foreign minister is a clear attempt to divert the media and public attention from the real issue. "Why is Australian aid money being used to prop up Australian business when so many in Iraq are in such great need?" Duxfield wondered.

"Instead of shooting the messenger the Government should deal with the substantial issues which continue to hamper the effectiveness of Australia's aid. Australian taxpayers are entitled to an explanation at this gross misuse of aid funds" commented Duxfield.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer rejected the claims of the report by the independent Aid Watch group on the misuse of USD 170 million in aid to Iraq.

The Australian Foreign Minister spokesman said Aid Watch was an "extremist organization" adding that Downer did not take the report seriously.

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