Friday, January 07, 2005

Legolas Pound

Simon Pound draws a rather long bow aimed at Oz.

I'm not convinced. Most of the aid that goes to Indonesia will be to the Aceh region which is seeking autonomy from the central government. Oz Foreign Minister Downer has made it clear that they specifically want it not to go into the Indonesian government central coffers. Hardly currying favour.

Also, it is unclear what proportion of the aid will go to other countries such as Thailand and Sri Lanka. (UPDATE - it seems that the $1billion is just for Indonesia).

Howard's government must surely be calculating that such aid will bring political benefits and Oz's dealings with East Timor over oil have left a lot to be desired but it's a bit simplistic to argue that it's all about oil.


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