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Visiting Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has announced millions of dollars in aid to boost educational opportunities in Sri Lanka, hoping it will help stem the flow of illegal immigrants from the island.

Carr told reporters in Colombo that $A34.35 million will be spent over four years to help some four million primary and secondary school children in Sri Lanka and contribute to a "stable society with economic growth".

"We've got an interest in a stable Sri Lanka... with economic growth," he said, adding that improving educational opportunities in Sri Lanka was in Australia's interest in order to tackle problems of people smuggling and human trafficking.

Carr is on a three-day visit for talks with Sri Lankan leaders on measures to deal with the increased flow of boatpeople attempting to seek asylum in Australia.

Sri Lanka's defence ministry announced on Friday that nearly 3000 of the country's nationals had been stopped from journeying by boat to Australia during the current year.

Australia has sent more than 500 Sri Lankans back to Colombo since August. (AAP)
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  • Jaya Sunday, 16 December 2012 05:39 AM

    Wow thats a large amount. More than 3 billion rupees. How much does our government spend for education? anybody?

    SudhuGemba Monday, 17 December 2012 07:12 AM

    Well all the best sir! This will be the biggest challenge of your entire career! We pray for your blissful endeavour!

    Andrew Pitugala Sunday, 16 December 2012 07:46 AM

    Noble idea. How much of it will go into the pockets of the rulers of SL.

    conty Sunday, 16 December 2012 08:20 AM

    You have no brains between your ears Krishnan. Besides is this why 90% of refugees arriving in Australia are Tamils? You are more than welcome to stay where you are. Australians are very generous so don't abuse them.

    conty Sunday, 16 December 2012 08:31 AM

    Here is someone that appreciate a good gesture. Thank you Shani wish other joined the bandwagon.

    naren Sunday, 16 December 2012 08:35 AM

    let them start by making a people in the parliment stabel minded.

    conty Sunday, 16 December 2012 08:35 AM

    Read his text you moron. The Australian govt does not want uneducated dole bludgging terrorist to come here we the tax payers don't like them!!!!!!!! Admin is a different matter all together.

    conty Sunday, 16 December 2012 08:41 AM

    Anyone in their right mind wanting to return to S/L permanently will need the services of a good shrink, again only found in other countries, non in S/L all gone O/seas!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Skip Sunday, 16 December 2012 08:48 AM

    A cheaper way that will not cost Ausi taxpayers money is to have a policy of shoot to kill of any illegal immigrant that crosses the Ausi shores, problem would be solved overnight.

    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 16 December 2012 09:16 AM

    Thank you sir. Hats off for your generous offer. Please teach our POLITICIANS & OFFICIALS to do things with "transparency" and "how to do public work without robbing money" also.

    Bagalawathie Sunday, 16 December 2012 09:31 AM

    Giving scholarships to Sri Lankans to Australia is OK, but the problem is they never come back to SL.

    Bagalawathie Monday, 17 December 2012 10:25 AM

    By the way Mr Carr have you solved all the problems relating to Aborigines, like the black deaths in custody before you came to Sri Lanka ?.

    Lawrence De Alwis Monday, 17 December 2012 10:48 AM

    Seems like an educated Sri Lankan. Im sure you were one of the many who floated to Australia. And, why would terrorrists prefer Australia over Sri Lanka? You should call yourself a BoatPeople instead of that FONZY name you are hiding behind.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:10 AM

    Did you go to the Weerawansa School of Conspiracies? Narroe-minded people like you might actually benefit from these grants so don't oppose them.

    Upul Monday, 17 December 2012 03:32 AM

    Why would they want to come back to Sri Lanka with good qualifications, when Politicians with little or no qualifications are doing the grand here?

    Mahendra Monday, 17 December 2012 03:49 AM

    Listen to the White man, he knows it all and we messed up for 60 years. do we still think that we know better? joke!!

    ampare son Saturday, 15 December 2012 07:11 PM

    give to scholarship for our students attend to Australian universities.

    Tamil Sellan Tuesday, 18 December 2012 12:41 AM

    Thank you Australia!

    Yuri Saturday, 15 December 2012 08:07 PM

    This is not Australia, This is White van socity. do not say things and lough behind

    Ram Perera Saturday, 15 December 2012 09:14 PM

    Giving is good and I appreciate the good gesture. Let the Australian Embassy in Sri Lanka keep an eye on how the money is spent. That is very important
    Ram

    ud Saturday, 15 December 2012 09:29 PM

    its never gonna help the sri lankan community.money will last in ministers pocket, so please save money for australians

    OZPP Saturday, 15 December 2012 10:12 PM

    $34 million over four years is only a fraction of migrants Sri Lankan takes to Australia from home. Sri Lankan who have migrated to Australia from middle east and African countries in 1990s have taken lot of wealth. Highly skilled engineers and Doctors have migrated to Australia and contributed to the Australian economy. Stability in Sri Lanka is not going to help emigration to Australia rather skilled and wealthy Sri Lankans will return to home country which is not good for Australia. Australia should take more unskilled migrants. Australia owe more to Sri Lanka.

    Krishan Saturday, 15 December 2012 10:12 PM

    An Australian conspiracy to change our educational system that have produced great doctors and engineers.

    People, please stand against this conspiracy.

    Bagalawathie Saturday, 15 December 2012 10:16 PM

    Thank you Australia.

    good doc Saturday, 15 December 2012 10:35 PM

    why do we need their money? wansas,champis, dilanis ,and that sporty incharge, you all the saviours of our mother land, !so please make arrangements ,not to accept that money, will you!

    Tintin Saturday, 15 December 2012 11:09 PM

    I would of course say...offer training/ scholarship opportunities in areas of Health, Waste management, Education, etc etc in Australia to persons who are tested and verified to be suitable candidates by the Australian High commission in Sri Lanka. When or if they return, they can help boost the standard of life here through the education they received. Most aid granted goes into individual purses. As such the vicious cycle of Boat people would continue and the purpose of aid from Australia, defeated..

    roger Sunday, 16 December 2012 12:22 AM

    Bob Carr just stop unwanted spending by giving away money to SL govt we no that it will never be administrated properly, Why don't you help swan to bring his surplus in order and to help Peter Garret in his low education budget, R U so scared and freaked out by the boats or is this a bribe to get SL Govt to stop the boats

    Muhammad Sunday, 16 December 2012 12:00 AM

    We are wonder of Asia every one is looking for a lambogini. Cant this foreigners understand ? via DM Android App

    Yohan Perera Sunday, 16 December 2012 01:00 AM

    I wish our leaders had the same mind set.

    Shani Sunday, 16 December 2012 01:47 AM

    Thank you Australia


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