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Australias Asian Connections

systematic disinformation about political issues. But the most heartening aspect of pur visit is that in Britain too, the fight against Hindutva has begun and that the THE Australian general elections on March 13, which returned the Labor Party to office for the fifth consecutive term, is perhaps Australia's last chance to re-orient its cultural and political perceptions towards Asia. Paul Keating, the prime minister, constantly calls for closer economic co-operation with the region but has yet to take steps to have Asia accept Australia as her own. The election was fought on local economic issues. The opposition Liberal-National coalition, led by John Hewson, could not persuade the electorate that his prescription was workable, and lost. Both parties had their own formula to be regarded as one with Asia, but in superficial macro-regional terms and without understanding southeast Asia's cultural overview. Neither went far enough.

Election Prospects in Malaysia

are expensive.
The main office is a few long tables in one end of an otherwise empty factory hall which has been rented cheaply, and mainly is used as a warehouse. Outside there is the first little co-operative restaurant. A bit further on there is the repair hall for some trucks, and for those few agricultural machines that they have been able to afford, Beyond the fields one can see the radio masts for Voice of America, raised entirely, for other purposes.

ASEAN-EC Meeting Evading the Issues

Eastern Europe including the USSR appear to leave very few optiorts for the newly constituted democratic regimes of Eastern Europe. How do you view future changes in economic strategy and the traditional system of centralised control? LC: I do not see any future today for the traditional system of centralised control anywhere in Eastern Europe. I also feel that the decision of the Ryzhkov government to postpone major policy changes until 1993 is neither wise nor useful. It is a futile attempt to solve problems by old methods. In the short run, we will obviously have a major recession which will last for a year or two at the very least. But in the long run, 1 believe that we can

Asia Pacific Forum-No Meeting of Minds

No Meeting of Minds MGG Pillai THE feeling persists, even if it is not articulated publicly, that the Australia's proposed Asia-Pacific Forum would remain nothing more than a talking shop for economic co-operation. Canberra's ag gressive attempts to lay down a general framework for it, usually withour con suiting the others involved, has not helped. The Australian prime minister, Robert Hawke, first proposed it during an official visit to South Korea early ihiv year. Senator Gareth Evans, the foreign affairs and external trade minister, has made so many statements about it, after formally proposing it to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Conference at Bandar Seri Bepawan earlier this year Hut none appeared to have been based on consensus with the other her countries, The foreign and economic ministers of 12 Asia Pacifie countries met in Canberra early November to discuss the issue. But that was a meeting of like-minded people; those from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Soviet Union, all countries of the South Pacific and South America were not invited. Those present were broadly committed to the anti-communist, pro-west system. There has been no explanation why the others were not invited even if they arc in the Asia Pacific region.

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