THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
AUSTRALIA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH INDONESIA
THURSDAY, 28 AUGUST 2014
Labor welcomes the agreement signed today between Australia and Indonesia.
Given cooperation between our two nations had been suspended in critical areas like defence and people smuggling for almost nine months, we are disappointed it took the Abbott Government so long to reach agreement with Indonesia.
When we are able to see the text of the agreement, we will go through it carefully.
Labor always said we wanted Australia’s relationship with Indonesia back on track, and we hope today’s agreement helps achieve that.
Indonesia is a neighbour of paramount importance, and a great partner of Australia. Labor is keen to see that warm partnership grow.
We pay particular tribute to the leadership of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who has been a very good friend to Australia over many years.