Ultra-carefulness no longer required

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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am

In 2002, The Age’s Michelle Grattan worried about offending Indonesia, among other Asian countries:

In today’s uncertain world, Asian countries are ultra-sensitive and Australia has to be ultra-careful how it puts things.

In 2006, Grattan seems a little less worried:

Good relations with Indonesia are extremely important. But one has to ask: how far should Australia be prepared to go for the sake of them?

Posted by Tim B. on 04/19/2006 at 01:12 PM
    1. Did Indonesia change, or did she?

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 04 19 at 02:48 PM • permalink


    1. And why would Susilo want Australia to send Amanda Vanstone?  According to Margo, she should have been gone from government in June 2005.

      BTW, I wonder if Margo ever made good.

      Posted by kcom on 2006 04 19 at 03:34 PM • permalink


    1. Michelle’s position on Indonesia is dependent on whatever is critical of the Oz Govt. Her copy is already the verbal equivalent of valium, and being critical is the only thing she has.


      It depends on how you define making good, but I think Margo always wanted victimhood, and as such, is doing very well thankyou.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 04 19 at 07:40 PM • permalink


    1. I dunno Michelle, ultra-far?

      Posted by fidens on 2006 04 19 at 07:48 PM • permalink


    1. Seems to me it all depends on which way the wind is blowing.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 04 19 at 09:20 PM • permalink


    1. Dear Michelle,
      Memo.  We have to be ultra-careful how we respond to those ultra-sensitive bombers in Bali, don’t we?

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 04 20 at 02:50 AM • permalink


    1. #5 RebeccaH:

      It’s not wind, it’s an ultra-breeze.

      Posted by PW on 2006 04 20 at 05:25 PM • permalink


    1. Hoo lets send Magrok to Indonesia on a peace mission…let’s hope she doesn’t actually have to write anything down..all expenses paid..

      Posted by crash on 2006 04 21 at 08:06 AM • permalink


    1. Gratton is Margots twin pure and simple. Thankfully the Age seems destined for oblivion under current management.

      Posted by Astonished on 2006 04 21 at 12:19 PM • permalink


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