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Media watch: Reporting on Australia overseas network

By

Fergus Hanson

@fergushanson

22 April 2009 12:12

Reading an editorial in the The Australian this morning I couldn't help noticing that one of the paragraphs (the fourth) attributed to a columnist seemed strikingly familiar. Then I realised it reminded me of this paragraph fromĀ the Lowy Institute's Blue Ribbon Panel report on Australia'sĀ overseas network released in March:

By international standards, Australia operates a disproportionately small diplomatic network. Our total of 91 missions compares very poorly with the OECD average of 150. Of 30 OECD countries, only Ireland, Luxembourg, the Slovak Republic and New Zealand operate fewer diplomatic posts... with populations of only 4.2, 0.5, 5.4 and 4.2 million respectively...

Hmmm...