“Australia will spend $US65 million to help struggling Pacific countries meet basic costs.
“The halt in tourism caused by border closures, cuts to remittances and seasonal worker programmes and other effects of Covid-19 have been devastating for many Pacific economies.
“The funding will be redirected from the existing aid programme, and the government says it will provide respite for Pacific governments.
“A fifth of the money will go to Papua New Guinea, with the rest to be shared among nine other countries.”
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