First, the deepening of the normal democratic process in Indonesia—completing only it’s fourth democratic election since WWII (1955, 1999, 2004 and 2009)—is excellent strategic news for Australia, despite the continuing policy turmoil that minority government seems to guarantee. But, second, the events in Fiji this weekend are a reminder that political and social unrest in several of our closest neighbors could destroy their prosperity, undermining ours.
Solomons, which is heading for economic ruin, and possibly PNG—by far the largest of the Pacific states—belong on the list mentioned in The Australian article. Vanuatu? Not so much.