Solomon Islands government would do well to get up to date with the lack of education in Australia and consequent lack of knowledge about the Pacific Ocean and devastated traditional fish resources. Impact including subsistence trade collapse and malnutrition and unrest indicates that aid for alternative trade progress IS required.
A new report claiming aid linked to progress will NOT solve the Pacific security crisis provides evidence Australia is out of touch.
Solomon Islands has recently been snubbed by Aus PM Rudd while it is clear real aid can provide progress through new infrastructure and peace and security development.
Crucial time will continue to be wasted and life and opportunities lost if The Bipolar Pacific report is not duly challenged by SIG and other Pacific nations. See:
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