AusAID Consultant Justifies High Pay

    A village on top of water in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. According to Bryant Allen, high wages are necessary to attract people to work in high-risk areas like Port Moresby. Photo by: Elyse Patten / CC BY 2.0 Elyse PattenCC BY 2.0

    Bryant Allen, an agricultural consultant from the Australian National University, said that high wages are necessary to attract people to work in high-risk areas like Port Moresby.

    “It’s not a very nice place to be. A lot of these people are away from their families for quite long periods of time,” he added, as quoted by ABC News.

    As Devex reported, Australia’s aid program was criticized for huge payments to consultants and lucrative dealings with private firms.

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