NOT MANY YEARS AGO Australia was at the forefront in putting pressure on the Papua New Guinea government to reduce the size of the PNG Defence Force.
While at the same time Australia is helping Indonesia to build up its army by training and providing equipment for the Indonesian military, TNI.
Indonesia spends billions each year on its armed forces while PNG spends only a few million to keep our DF from falling apart.
The PNGDF needs help to rebuild, re-equip and be a nation builder. Australia can play a role in this by providing the funding and training that is needed.
Australia is playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse and also stands accused in the killings of West Papuans by continuing to support the TNI.
Australia should wake up and not be played like a fool but be a leader and stand up for the rights of the weak.