THE Special Agriculture and Business Lease saga in Papua New Guinea is an issue that might be feasible for Australia to tackle politically.
One can assume that products from some of this illegal timber trade must end up in Australia.
And as a leader within the South East Asian region, Australia could help to apply pressure on the governments of those countries where the logging conglomerates are based.
But there is a reason why Australia will not step in on the SABL issue, no matter how many diggers the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels carried out of the jungle.
It doesn’t really consider itself part of the Pacific.
New Zealanders live in the Pacific, Australians do not.
This is not about geopolitics, it is about society and Kiwis see themselves as part of the Pacific community.
Australians - the vast majority of whom are not represented on PNG Attitude - are disinclined to be part of the Pacific community.
They would prefer to be considered pseudo-western and predominantly Caucasian with a mismatched cacophony of multicultural affiliations, preferably to non-Pacific migrants.
On a street in Adelaide, when Australians meet me, they seem more surprised than bumping into a two-metre tall, black as night Sudanese.
But who arrived in this region first?