It takes two to talk as well as tango in Indonesia
“Within a week of taking office”, Tony Abbott told a conference today, ” I would go to Indonesia to renew our cooperation against people smuggling. I would, of course, politely explain to the Indonesian government that we take as dim a view of Indonesian boats disgorging illegal arrivals in Australia as they take of Australians importing drugs into Bali.”
And then for good measure this:
Within a week of taking office, I would give new orders to the navy that, where it is safe to do so, under the usual chain-of-command procedures, based on the advice of commanders-on-the-spot, Indonesian flagged, Indonesian crewed and Indonesian home-ported vessels without lawful reason to be headed to Australia would be turned around and escorted back to Indonesian waters.
Tough words indeed from the Leader of the Opposition; easy to say in Australia but perhaps not so easy to say in Jakarta. For any self respecting Indonesian Government would surely think that they have a say in which foreign political leaders visit them when. Faced with receiving this kind of arrogant message an Indonesian President could be forgiven for suggesting that in a year’s time would be an appropriate date for a meeting than in a week.