Australia’s Arc of Instability: The Political and Cultural by Dennis Rumley

By Dennis Rumley

The notion for this ebook emerged from a talk among Vivian Forbes and Charles Eaton following seminars held within the division of Geography on the collage of Western Australia given through Trevor So?eld and Christopher Grif?n greater than ?ve years in the past. One seminar concerned papers from Charles Eaton and Christopher Grif?n at the fresh Speight coup in Fiji; the opposite, given by means of Trevor So?eld, was once at the Solomon Islands. The seminars have been attended via, between others, Dennis Rumley, who on becoming concerned within the dialog, steered the belief of a booklet after which via on its scope, constitution, making plans, and attainable participants. in retrospect now, we owe a unique debt of gratitude to Charles Eaton either for his enthusiasm and his rules then, and for his endured help during the entire undertaking. due to the fact that that point ?ve years in the past, many folks have boarded and feature left the Arc. certainly, the very undertaking itself exhibited a level of instability. now and then, it even seemed as if it could possibly no longer remain a?oat. fortunately, numerous early boarders remained ?rmly anchored. different authors have been co-opted later, a few at particularly brief observe, one or of them lower than gentle duress. We expand our heartfelt because of all of those individuals for final sufferer, enthusiastic, and holding religion with the undertaking. clearly, a undertaking like this, facing this type of huge and dynamic quarter, will consistently be out-of-date.

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In short, a fundamental assumption of the Dibb Report regarding Australia’s security on account of distance is no longer relevant. Thus, as has been argued, Southeast Asia is no longer the “strategic shield” it was expected to be for Australia when it possessed strong economic growth and was politically stable (Dibb, 1999). Indeed, other analysts have gone further to suggest that Southeast Asia may well have become the “second front” in the “war against terror” (Gersham, 2002; Commonwealth of Australia, 2004b).

Here, Australia can take limited enforcement measures in relation to customs, fiscal, sanitary, immigration, and other safety and security matters. The Exclusive Economic Zone is an area between the lines 12 and 200 M seaward of the Territorial Sea baselines. In this area, Australia has the right to explore and exploit living and non-living resources, and the concomitant obligation to protect and conserve the marine environment. The Continental Shelf is an area between 12 and 200 M seaward of the Territorial Sea baseline that covers much of the same area as the EEZ, plus any areas of natural prolongation beyond 200 M in accordance with Article 76 of the 1982 Convention.

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