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  • This was the headline is Sydney back in 2005 when they were caught. Media have since changed their line it seems.
    The problem with Indonesia is, it's there and I'm here.

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    • Originally posted by ScooterIndo View Post
      When you consider what a prison officer actually earns in comparison to a drug "kingpin" is anyone surprised ??
      Yeah, not surprised. This isn't even one of those stories where we can all say, "it's not like that in my country" (well, maybe you can, but I can't). I'm actually impressed by the director stepping down (if it was voluntary). I've had a few people try to quit on me because they thought they weren't doing a good enough job, and they always make wonderful employees if you can find the place where they fit.

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      • [SIZE=2][COLOR=#4C4C4C][FONT=Arial]The Abbott government has taken a knife to foreign aid, slashing financial assistance to Indonesia by nearly half in what could be considered retribution for the recent executions of Bali nine members.[/FONT][/COLOR]

        [COLOR=#4C4C4C][FONT=Arial]Under budget measures handed down by treasurer Joe Hockey earlier this year, Australian aid to Indonesia fell from $605.3 million to $366.4 million, a move that could be considered as payback for the deaths of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.[/FONT][/COLOR]
        [COLOR=#4C4C4C][FONT=Arial]In February this year, the prime minister threatened to withdraw aid to the country if the Indonesian government continued with its plans to execute the pair by firing squad.[/FONT][/COLOR]
        [COLOR=#4C4C4C][FONT=Arial]"We will be letting Indonesia know in absolutely unambiguous terms that we feel grievously let down," Mr Abbott said.[/FONT][/COLOR]
        [COLOR=#4C4C4C][FONT=Arial]However, the cuts might not be entirely politically motivated with aid projects, such as the Boxing Day tsunami in Indonesia, set to expire this year.[/FONT][/COLOR]
        [COLOR=#4C4C4C][FONT=Arial]As well as dropping aid to Indonesia, the government has proposed to pull assistance to Africa by 70 per cent.[/FONT][/COLOR]
        [COLOR=#4C4C4C][FONT=Arial]Treasury is also pushing for the withdrawal of aid to the Philippines and Vietnam by 40 per cent.[/FONT][/COLOR]
        [COLOR=#4C4C4C][FONT=Arial]Countries that escaped all but unscathed were Cambodia and Nauru, while Papua New Guinea had its funding cut by just 5 per cent. Given these countries have links with Australia in the resettlement and processing of asylum seekers the fact funding was relatively untouched comes as little surprise.[/FONT][/COLOR]
        [COLOR=#4C4C4C][FONT=Arial]Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said Australia would provide $4 billion in total Official Development Assistance in this year's budget.[/FONT][/COLOR]
        [COLOR=#4C4C4C][FONT=Arial]Over the next three financial years, $3.7 billion will be cut from the overall foreign aid budget, as forecast in December's mid-year economic fiscal outlook, Fairfax Media reports.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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        http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbu...istoric-levels
        [COLOR=#008000][FONT=arial]I tried to wrestle my inner demons once... but they used too many illegal holds.[/FONT][/COLOR]

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        • I dunno if it is retribution or not - speaking as someone who is paid by Australian aid funds, I know that cuts have been in the works for a long time; this isn't something that just came up as a result of the executions. Also, Africa has had its aid slashed by about 70%, right?

          (Don't mistake my comments for support of anything the Abbott administration has done, though.)

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          • Don't know anything about Australian politics, but that would be a masterful stroke, threatening someone with something that is guaranteed to happen anyway. Costs him nothing, and if he gets what he wants he can still make the cuts and say "We helped you guys out, it could have been worse, like Africa".

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            • Interesting commentary in the Jakarta Post

              http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.co...t-alone-world/
              "[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue]I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.[/FONT][/COLOR]"
              George Bernard Shaw

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              • Originally posted by lantern View Post
                Interesting commentary in the Jakarta Post

                http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.co...t-alone-world/
                Post, Globe ... all the same, right

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                • Originally posted by Puspawarna View Post
                  Post, Globe ... all the same, right
                  Not a lot of difference I suppose but I tend to favor the Globe. When I arrived in Indonesia there was no Globe so I suppose I'm wired to default to The Post when my brain is switched off.
                  "[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue]I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.[/FONT][/COLOR]"
                  George Bernard Shaw

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                  • Originally posted by lantern View Post
                    So I suppose I'm wired to default to The Post when my brain is switched off.
                    So are most of the reporters to mate

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                    • I wouldn't call it a masterstroke.

                      If Indonesia does take it the wrong way and says okay, well we are not going to corporate on the refugee/asylum seeker/boat people issue and boats suddenly start turning up again in Australia's waters, it will be the final nail in the current Australian governments coffin.

                      Coupled with Australia's interference in the Bali nine issue, this kind of thing can also breed negative attitudes toward Australia in Indonesia which would not help in regards to risk of terrorism.

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