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A look at two island nations – one with optimism, one with concern : Comments

By Jeffrey Wall, published 9/8/2021

In this contribution I want to look at a close and strategically important neighbour the Solomon Islands, and a more distant nation which has significant people to people links with Australia, Samoa.

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Sory Jeffery. But I for one, do not ee our role as policeman for the South Pacific! Their destiny remains where I ought to be, in their own hands.

Those with cargo cult mentalities? Can try it on with China and see where that gets them. Or how far China can stretch the rubber band of economic aid, before the load bankrupts them!?
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Monday, 9 August 2021 11:39:46 AM
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Does this include the many Samoans who have become Australian indigenous over the years ?
Posted by individual, Monday, 9 August 2021 4:53:34 PM
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Jeffrey please tell us in what area you consider we should reduce our current spending at home, to fund more spending in the islands.

We are already spending way over our income on the Corona virus, there is not much left in the kitty to challenge China's spending in the area.
Posted by Hasbeen, Monday, 9 August 2021 5:33:42 PM
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Remind me never to consult Jeffrey should I ever get into Politics !
Posted by individual, Monday, 9 August 2021 7:01:16 PM
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Since the days of the Howard government Australia's aid to the Pacific has been nothing more than a penny pinching exercise. If we wish to counter Chinas influence then we need to do a lot more than the tokenism we show now. According to the Lowy Institute China pledged $4 billion in aid to the Pacific region in 2017, over four times as much as Australia with its 2017/18 $815 million. The Coalition has cut foreign aid by $11 billion since coming to office in 2013. In 2017 Foreign Minister Bishop said; “We welcome the role played by all donors, including China, to support development in the Pacific,”, well so do the people of the Pacific when they see an impassable road fixed, or children getting a basic education, when they see investment in income generating sustainable businesses. They don't much care as to where the money is coming from, Australia, China or Timbuktu.

Calling out a resident racist; "Does this include the many Samoans who have become Australian indigenous over the years ?" With the mind set of people like this bloke, no wonder China has been given a dream run into the Pacific.

Hassy asks; "what area you consider we should reduce our current spending at home, to fund more spending in the islands." We could start with knocking off the outrageous pork barrelling by the Morrison government, and the millions put into the underserving pockets of mega rich Liberal party friends with 'Jobkeeper'.
Posted by Paul1405, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 7:11:20 AM
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Paul1405,
So, looks like you don't actually have an explanation, all you have is a bit of immature sarcasm !
Posted by individual, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 12:11:38 PM
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