Australia ramps up rivalry with China for influence in the Pacific – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A group of men in traditional Papua New Guinean dress dance in front of an Australian patrol boat

We aren’t moving forward at all Tony Abbott took Australia’s attention away from the Pacific to Europe where he wanted to shirt front Putin in the Ukraine and become an honorary member of NATO.

Radio Australia was closed on his watch after he cut $200mill out of the ABC’s budget agoodwill gesture to Rupert Murdoch. Foreign Aid was cut and the supposed Pivot became the Pillock of the Pacific that allowed the Chinese to move in. Abbott was meanwhile busy signing Labour’s Trade agreements set up years before with the Chinese to work out. Yes Abbott was gifted along with several other MPs Rolex watches to the tune of $250K which they had to return when the media caught hold of it. Their excuse “we thoght they were fake. No Morrison isn’t moving forward at all  he’s trying to catch up and making a show of it dumping the Billionaire donor who they courted as a political gesture. (ODT)

As the Australian Government presses on with its pivot to the Pacific, no-one wants to use the “C” word.

But China is clearly playing a central role in the unprecedented amount of attention the region is currently receiving from Australia — even if its officials won’t admit it.

via Australia ramps up rivalry with China for influence in the Pacific – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)