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Our parlous region

Hameiri, S. and Carroll, T. (2007) Our parlous region. The Age, 13 January .


Australia's policy in the South Pacific is obsessed with security concerns and market-driven solutions to the problems of poorer nations, write Shahar Hameiri and Toby Carroll.

THE recent release of a commissioned progress report into the largest Australian-led state building program in recent history demonstrates the need for a qualitatively new approach to assisting the Pacific. After three years of extensive involvement through the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, the report paints a disturbing picture.

Although the security situation has thankfully improved under RAMSI, the same cannot be said for the economy, with Solomon Islanders suffering prohibitive prices for basic goods and low employment prospects.

Publication Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Fairfax
Copyright: Fairfax
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