Asia-Pacific

Aug 29, 2014

Indonesia agreement not exactly a win for Team Australia

The anti-surveillance document we signed with Indonesia may be obsolete in a matter of months -- so what's the point of it?

Take a minute and read the joint agreement on the code of conduct signed yesterday in Bali. It won’t take long. The deal inked by foreign ministers Marty Natalegawa and Julie Bishop and witnessed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is barely two pages. This is diplomacy at work, where more is left unsaid than put on paper. Without the verbose title, it is less than 300 words, with two operative paragraphs and one key word.

Australia and Indonesia are talking like good neighbours again. Our spooks have agreed to play nice as we continue to spy on each other, as we have always done. In its two points of note, the agreement first commits us to do no harm. The second substantive paragraph says our intelligence agencies will talk more often.

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3 thoughts on “Indonesia agreement not exactly a win for Team Australia

  1. David Hand

    What’s this article about?
    Is it a win? Half a win? A third of a win?

    Who cares? Are you just churlish at the photo op?

  2. magoo

    If you failed to read the article, its that the whole concept of a win is pointless.

    This is an ongoing and never ending process, there are no winners.

    I thought it was a good article with some broader context of whats going in the short term.

  3. David Hand

    Well Magoo,
    All I see from the government is a fairly bland photo-op, middle of the road communications for politicians.

    It is Crikey that is concerned whether or not this deal is a win, and how much it might be. I don’t care, you clearly don’t care, I doubt if Bishop cares but the author definitely does care – going to the length of writing a story about it.

    Just another uncreative attack on the Abbott government by this left wing campaigning publication.

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