Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has responded to Abbott’s letter of apology for tapping the Indonesian President’s phone by treating Abbott like a naughty little boy, and so he should. In his best grovelling pose Abbott has apparently promised “Australia will never do anything in the future that will bring disadvantage and disturb Indonesia” according to the ABC news. http://ab.co/1aVhzq7 In my memory I have never known an Australian Prime Minister having to crawl on his belly and kiss the ring of another head of state. In this case I hope Abbott feels every bit of the discomfort.
In releasing parts of Abbott’s letter to him Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has shamed Abbott in Asia in the most public and humiliating way and shown utter contempt for Australia. At home all Abbott can say is shit happens. It is unfortunate that in Asia there is little distinction between the country and its leaders and we all have to share in the contempt Abbott is generating in Asia.