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#30057 - 11 Apr 06 13:27 JP/Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?
KuKuKaChu Moderator Offline
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Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?

Jusuf Wanandi, Jakarta

I want to be blunt, honest and balanced in my view on the problem of the Papuan asylum seekers. This is what members of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) stand for.

Indonesian-Australian relations have been affected by this problem. Is Australia to blame for it? In the past I have strongly criticized Prime Minister John Howard as being a gentleman from a small town in 19th century England who was unaware and not interested in what was happening in East Asia, Australia's strategic environment. That was the period when he ignored Australia's relations with East Asia, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

That has since changed, and now Howard fully understands where the "arc of instabilities" that can affect Australia is located, namely Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, and the South Pacific. This awareness has become more pronounced after Sept. 11, 2001, as well as because of the number of failing states in the South Pacific.

The most important security and strategic issue for Australia now is the security and well-being of Indonesia, because a chaotic and failing Indonesia would have the most dramatic impact on Australia's security and welfare. That includes an interest in maintaining the unity of Indonesia, including the security and welfare of Papua as part of Indonesia.

What Australia is dreading most is if Papua gets into real trouble and tries to separate from Indonesia. Australia has enough problems with the weak state of Papua New Guinea and others to the east of PNG, such as Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Nauru. The last thing they need is the big and nearby Indonesia getting into trouble because of Papua. So, the accusation from many Indonesian quarters that Australia would like to see Papua separate from Indonesia is just sheer nonsense.

As a democracy, there are NGOs, a few politicians and some in the Australian media who might think of separation as a possibility and try to agitate for that objective. But these are small groups of people, although vocal.

It should also be recognized that the Papuans who asked for asylum have not been treated well in Indonesia. Our Constitution allows citizens to ask for asylum if they so choose. Article 28g of the Constitution and Article 28 of the 1999 Human Rights Law stipulate that anyone has the right to ask for political asylum from another country.

Australia's mistake was timing, as Indonesia is undergoing a fervor of "narrow" nationalism for a number of reasons: the loss of East Timor in the background, foreign takeovers of national assets after the financial crisis and the globalization process (as is also happening in the U.S., France, South Korea and Thailand).

Economic recovery has not been very successful as unemployment remains high and is still rising, and there is also the fervor of a new democracy where politicians, civil society and the press are all trying to assert their newly found power. The last thing Indonesia needs is another "sensitive" issue on its plate such as this problem of the Papuan refugees. Australia is also to blame for not trying to clearly explain its policy of granting the temporary stay permits before it was officially announced.

This failure to explain has been taken here as arrogant and insensitive. It was not understood that the policy of giving asylum is in accordance with the Treaty on Refugees (which Indonesia has not yet acceded to) that has been incorporated into Australian law. The law also ensures that immigration officials cannot be influenced or pressured by the government (federal or state).

The Australian federal government cannot intervene in the investigation by immigration officers of the Papuans seeking asylum. Depending on whether or not the case clearly suggests the Papuans face the possibility of punishment by their own government, or that their safety and security are at risk, a decision on the asylum request could be made quickly or slowly.

In the case of the 43 Papuans, it is very clear, according to Tempo magazine (April 3-9, 2006), that they have enough reasons to be afraid. And with all due respect, even if President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is willing to guarantee their safety if they return to Indonesia, there is no confidence in the implementation of this guarantee.

In conclusion, it can categorically be said that the Australians are right in their policy on the 43 Papuan asylum seekers. We could argue about timing or the need for an explanation before the announcement.

This episode should provide all of us with a real lesson and serve as an eye-opener that this incident could only have been prevented if we treated our Papuan citizens with respect and empathy, giving them the chance to run their province according to the Special Autonomy Law, educating and training their leaders to enable them to do that, and to wisely use the greater revenue they receive under the Special Autonomy Law. And most importantly, the rest of the country should show that Papuans can be trusted.

The writer is vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta.
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#30058 - 11 Apr 06 19:56 Re: JP/Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?
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And what the interest of this Papuan for Australia anyway?-
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#30059 - 11 Apr 06 20:37 Re: JP/Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?
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Australia will still let the women of PNG go topless and the men can still wear these things on their penis that look like Ali Baba's sandals!
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#30060 - 12 Apr 06 11:00 Re: JP/Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?
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Hahahahaha, Mas Dili honey, you're so funny,but I'm still curious :
1. What the contribution of this Papuan to Australia exactly? Well just look back to the case of Saddam Husein, maybe he's a ex important person in Irak, he's the President anyway.

2. Australia is a rich country and the most of gold mining, land but why?

3. What exactly the plan or Mr. Howard thinking!

It still mysterious!
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#30061 - 12 Apr 06 13:13 Re: JP/Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?
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australia is only reacting to circumstances, thinking that if everything is done "by the book", then there will be no problems with indonesia. of course, indonesia doesn't do things "by the book"; they think by mere virtue of their size, population wise, that surrounding states have to "show respect" by bending their own laws and sovereign rights to suit indonesia.

so, was australia "right" or "wrong"? i think their only sin was timing; insensitive bureacurats in immigration either could not give a damn, or in fact wanted to get up the noses of the indonesians in order to get some jollies.
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#30062 - 12 Apr 06 14:01 Re: JP/Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?
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Question is, why didnt the WPs sial around to PNG?

Political statement, or economic refugees?

Either way I smell a rat!!!! And its not Dilis ass....

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#30063 - 12 Apr 06 14:11 Re: JP/Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?
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it's soooooooo simple to cross the border over to PNG, legally or illegally. so why didn't they? there are no shortage of refugees from irian in PNG at the moment; why didn't they go and join them? surely they aren't economic migrants using politics as an opportunity to get the good life in australia, where they will probably spend the majority of the rest of their lives drawing welfare cheques courtesy of the australian taxpayer...
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#30064 - 12 Apr 06 14:18 Re: JP/Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?
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WOW - and of course culturally they would be more at home in PNG.

Wonder why they risked a dangerous boat ride to Oz?

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#30065 - 12 Apr 06 17:23 Re: JP/Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?
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What about the Australian itself, for the society?

When this refugee has come?
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#30066 - 12 Apr 06 18:16 Re: JP/Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?
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I think someone that they know of must've whispered to them that the should get to Oz instead of PNG. One is to alert the media. Second is to let the whole world know about their case. There is no point for them to go to PNG as they can go there easily enough. They would have done it many times, back and forth. Coming to OZ is a different matter, it seemed that they wanted to be captured and detained so that the media is alerted. And they knew that they would not have been detained in the main land. This in turn gets the media singing. Headline news is a powerful tool to get attention. It's not only on ABC and SBS, but also on commercial channel which is what they wanted. Australians in general have been known to have a soft spot in regards to refugees.

The question now becomes, why is the govt. actually fuelling the case by announcing their status to the media? Is it for domestic consumption? Like deflacting the real issues of the day like new IR laws or AWB? Or is it to get the attention of the Indo govt. or wider still?

My money is for domestic consumption, and the Indo govt. got sucked in. But what the Howard govt. don't realise is that the Indons took it very seriously. Now they have to backpaddle.

For WP to become independent is not really in the OZ interest. The Howard govt is sick of dealing with the South Pacific nations which costing them a great deal of money with no return. I know that WP is rich in resources, but they can get their hands on that while WP is still in RI. I don't think they want another ET. But I could be wrong. This govt. is known for it's greediness.

IMHO, the 43 Papuans are just the pawn. Sad and shameful.

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#30067 - 12 Apr 06 18:21 Re: JP/Indonesia-Australia: A boom and bust relationship?
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Quote:
Originally posted by g00f13:
For WP to become independent is not really in the OZ interest. The Howard govt is sick of dealing with the South Pacific nations which costing them a great deal of money with no return. I know that WP is rich in resources, but they can get their hands on that while WP is still in RI. I don't think they want another ET. But I could be wrong. This govt. is known for it's greediness.

IMHO, the 43 Papuans are just the pawn. Sad and shameful.
VERY VERY VERY True........

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