In Jakarta

It has been a very full day in Jakarta for the delegation I am travelling with. After a briefing of an hour or so last night from Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia and some Embassy staff, we had a dinner with nine members of the House of Representatives’ Australia-Indonesia Cooperation Group, from a range of different…

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Arriving in Indonesia

I spent most of today sitting in a plane on a seven and a half hour flight from Canberra to Jakarta. I am participating in a Parliamentary delegation – details on the purposes of the trip and who else is on it can be found in this media release by the delegation leader, Bruce Billson….

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Visiting Indonesia

Tomorrow I’m heading off to Indonesia on a short visit as part of a Parliamentary delegation (referred to briefly by Alexander Downer at the end of this newspaper article). Given the new warnings around lately about the risk of bombings in areas where Westerners hang out, this probably isn’t the best timing. I did think…

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Supporting tsunami victims

Criticisms are already being made about the size and the nature of the Australian Governments aid response to help the victims of the tsunamis. There is no doubt that the $35 million pledged by the Australian Government so far is inadequate, but I also have no doubt that a lot more will be pledged down…

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Indian Ocean tsunami

I’ve always been averse to the mainstream media’s habit of using every tragedy as an opportunity to instantly manufacture and showcase their compassion as loudly as possible. It’s all part of why car crashes, plane crashes and deaths of any sort are considered ‘news’ whilst issues that impact daily on people’s lives are not. However,…

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Balibo 5 and SIEV X

Two separate tragic events have their anniversaries around this time. Whilst unconnected, they have some things in common. They both serve as a reminder of the importance of openness in Government and ensuring that we always acknowledge that all human life should be valued. 16th October 2004 marks 29 years since the killing of five…

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John Howard weak on security

The ABC news website is easily my most frequently visited site and their election section is quite comprehensive. Antony Green does a fairly comprehensive analysis and Matt Liddy has a good, eclectic election blog at http://www.abc.net.au/elections/federal/2004/weblog/default.htm (which mentioned this blog, so he obviously notices the important things.) It also mentioned a site I hadn’t seen…

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