Australia is poised to restrict the visa conditions for Solomon Islands politicians who want to visit, in a retaliatory gesture as relations between the two countries sharply deteriorate.
The Government is furious at the Solomons’ expulsion of Australia’s high commissioner, Patrick Cole, with both Prime Minister John Howard and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer lashing out at the Solomons leadership yesterday. ~The Age
This is the kind of treatment Australia’s representatives receive from the government of a country that it helped save from civil war and anarchy three years ago. This is a shame. Fortunately, this diplomatic incident does not mark the end of the Australian mission there, but one wonders how long it will be before Australians will come to the conclusion that aiding the Solomons is more trouble than it’s worth.