THE DLP BELIEVES THAT AUSTRALIA SHOULD INCREASE FOREIGN AID
The DLP believes that funding in for foreign aid should increase to a level that places Australia in the top 10 countries in terms of percentage of GDP committed to aid.
Maintaining friendly relations with Indonesia is important. This can be achieved through mutual co-operation in matters of regional concern – particularly regional security – without compromising commitments to uphold human rights.
The Indonesian government should fully implement the special autonomy provisions enacted by their own laws in 2000 (so far only implemented in Ache) and remove all military personnel from West Papua without delay. After a period of autonomy, a new vote for independence by the indigenous people of West Papua should occur.
The DLP believes that our foreign aid should be directed particularly to humanitarian and development projects in our region, and that a significant proportion of all foreign aid should be provided by using Australian-made goods and services. We must ensure that a greater proportion of Australia’s aid provided to Indonesia goes to assist West Papuans, particularly for matters concerning poverty and health, and combating the high level of HIV / AIDS. Pressure should be put on the Indonesian government to immediately allow United Nations Observers and international journalists into the West Papuan provinces.
We believe in imposing diplomatic, trade and cultural embargoes on regimes guilty of aggression, human rights abuses and breach of international laws.
CLOSER RELATIONS WITH PNG
Australia’s closest neighbor, Papua New Guinea, has been treated shamefully over the past few decades. We need to form closer economic and military ties with our Northern Ally.
INCREASED FOREIGN AID FUNDING
Australia needs to increase its foreign aid to a level that places it in the top 10 countries in terms of percentage of GDP.
AUSTRALIAN GOODS FOR AID
Australian made goods should be provided for foreign aid whenever practical, as this will also help our local economy.
WEST PAPUAN INDEPENDENCE
Indonesia must remove all military personnel from West Papua without delay. After a period of autonomy, a United Nations monitored vote for independence by the indigenous people of West Papua should occur.
We need to co-operate with our neighbours to bring peace and security to our region.
Aid will particularly be directed to fighting poverty in our region. A contented neighbour is a friendly neighbour.
IMPROVE HEALTH IN REGION
Australia should supply doctors and medicine to combat the health problems in the region.