Australian dollars. Photo by: REUTERS / Daniel Munoz

CANBERRA — The release of the 2019-20 Australian aid budget on April 2 brought a shift in aid policy under the leadership of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

It saw new language brought into the assessment of aid that puts Australia’s self-interests front and center: a step away from the Green Climate Fund, a shift away from growing global increases in official development assistance, and growing shifts in the priorities for Australian in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.