Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has stood up to the incoming Indonesian President's unfriendly warning to Australia about naval incursions, which we actually admitted probably without Indonesia being aware of them. In the meantime, Indonesia is spending heavily on building up her armed forces while receiving very generous aid from Australia.
"As a result of Operation Sovereign Borders, Indonesia and Australia are no longer faced with the people smuggling curse that ran rampant during the Labor years, sending almost 1200 people to their deaths, often just off the coast of Java," Mr. Morrison said.
"The incursion incidents referred to [by Mr Joko] were inadvertent and were addressed with the previous administration.
"It was not the policy then of the Australian government nor is it our policy now to enter Indonesian territorial waters in relation to Operation Sovereign Borders operations."
Labor's shadow defence minister Tanya Plibersek said the President's unfriendly warning shows that ''despite the claims that Tony Abbott has made, the relationship with Indonesia has not been repaired. It is not in the healthy state that it was before Tony Abbott came into government and there is still a repair job to be done."
She seems to have forgotten that the spying on the former President and his wife occurred when she was a minister as did her government's sudden suspension of the cattle export trade which outraged the Indonesians
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