“I’ve had enough of this one-way relationship”- Â readers agree…
What YOU made ofÂ yesterday’sÂ opinion piece
There was an enormous response to our discussion about the very ‘one-way relationship’ and attitude Indonesia has about Australia.
“What have we got to do to please Indonesia?”, I asked after our Government was condemned yet again by Jakarta for what was an honest mistake – drifting into their part of the sea.
“Even when we’re sorry, it’s not enough. When we’re generous, we need to try harder. When we’re within our rights, we’re wrong”.
Many of your said we suffer with what many countries like ours can’t seem to break free of – and that’s guilt.
And it’s a strange kind of ‘guilt’ where we are always on the ‘back foot’ for fear of looking arrogant.
But the result often is – we end up up looking weak.
We seem almost constantly apologetic about our way of life and our place in the world.
It’s clear many Australians have had it with this attitude. Time to stand up.
An asylum seeker boat found 8 nautical miles north north west of Cape Van Dieman.Â Source:Â News Limited
We are a generous country and a helpful nation – often ‘first in’ whenever people in our region suffer in crisis or natural disaster. Our Defence Force, Police, and medical experts are quick to respond often before the call comes.
“Indonesia sees our kindness as weakness”
Yet, Australia is on the back foot almost always when dealing diplomatically with Indonesia – ironically a nation we’ve shown no end of generosity and friendship towards.
Hundreds of comments were left on yesterday’s article.Â Source:Â Supplied
The final straw for many was the over the top response from Jakarta when we offered an apology for accidently slipping into their maritime territory. After all, the Navy was trying to stop their boats, coming from their ports, illegally smuggling people into our country.
Many readers of thetelegraph.com.au told us. They’ve had enough.
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Reader Emiliano believes “(Indonesia) sees our kindness as weakness and if we act like a slave ..they will treat us like slaves.”
Jacqui said “Why is Australia always apologising to a country that seems to never forgive regardless of how much we try to seek their forgiveness?”
A large number of people raised our whopping foreign aid to Indonesia.
Daniel argued, “if Australia has been downgraded as a friend, can someone tell Ausaid who will write cheques this year for well over $500million to help disadvantage people in that country. Sounds like someone up north is a little ungrateful!”
Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.Â Source:Â AFP
Many questioned why we don’t see our political leadership having discussions like this. There’s a general view that we are frightened to ever talk with any strength about Indonesia when there’s seemingly no reluctance on their part to ‘turning the heat up’ on us.
Reader Geraldine summed it up; “I’m sure the Canberra types would say ‘this kind of chatter is not helpful’ but that’s the point. Indonesia can say what it likes to Australia and we play victim and keep paying out. Grow some Mr Abbott!“.
Hard to argue with her.