Friday 20 Jul 2018 | 07:46 | SYDNEY
Friday 20 Jul 2018 | 07:46 | SYDNEY

The failed state within


Sam Roggeveen


15 September 2008 15:29

Thanks to reader Jesse for alerting me to this new report on the apparently appalling state of remote Australia, which the authors say resembles a failed state. It looks an interesting report on a grave subject, but from the point of view of The Interpreter and the Lowy Institute, this paragraph leapt out:

Thirdly, the increasing social crisis in (and drift of population from) Remote Australia has disturbing ramifications for Australia’s national security. A coherent societal structure throughout Remote Australia, with its networked infrastructure of settlements, roads, airstrips and communication systems, should be supported as an important plank of Australia’s defence system in the most vulnerable regions of the nation. Australia’s defence against possible threats and breaches of security – including bio-security – emanating from south-east Asia and the south Pacific is made all the more difficult when Remote Australia itself is gripped by social and economic crisis.

Are they really suggesting we need to maintain infrastructure in remote Australia in case we're ever invaded? That sounds like a bit of a stretch, no?